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Planting native vegetation for beneficial insect habitat

Sep 11, 2018
Bees. Photo: photos_by_ginny-Pexels LadybirdBeneficial insects for your garden

Port Phillip & Westernport CMA ran a native vegetation insectary trials to see if more natural means can be used in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to control pest insects and reduce the need for insecticides.

Watch this interesting video on one of their trials at a berry farm.

Port Phillip & Westernport CMA YouTube:
“Spring is the time when we see an emergence of pest insects, but if you have your IPM (Integrated Pest Management) in balance, you'll see an emergence of beneficial insects too. Beneficial insects look for a source of nectar and pollen to feed on before laying eggs and predating or parasitising those pesky pests.

This video we take you through a berry farm in the region that is part of a trial around the use of beneficial insects for biological control and pollination services, as well as reducing the need for insecticides to control pest insects. 

What native vegetation can you plant to attract beneficial insects? A mixed strata is a good start, but lower story shrubs and groundcovers provide great habitat and alternative food sources for beneficial insects. Remember a good IPM program also has other key management strategies in place, cultural control methods and regular monitoring for pest and beneficial insects are extremely important and a necessary part of good farm management.

For more information on the native vegetation insectary trials, have a look at our webpage. A case study on the trials will be out soon, followed by an improved trapping program this season to really get some good insect interaction data. Trials funded through the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.