Natural enemies--the good guys
Natural enemies are organisms that kill, or reduce the ability to reproduce, or otherwise reduce the numbers of another organism. Natural enemies are important for managing pest insects using the least toxic methods. Natural enemies of insect and mite pests include predators, parasites, and pathogens.
• Click here to go to the Natural Enemies Gallery on the UC IPM website
• Biological Control and Natural Enemies Pest Note from the UC IPM program.
• Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden describes a variety of plants that will attract the insects you'd love to have as helpers in your garden. (PDF 171kb)
• A Pocket Guide of Natural Enemies from Oregon State University contains descriptions of common natural enemies with photographs of their various life stages from eggs to adults. (PDF 956kb)