Insect Identification
Insect Identification

Helpful Insects

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/23/2016

Not all insects are troublesome, venomous, biting foes to humanity - many are actually very helpful to our very existence as well as the earth's ecosystem.

There are a total of (29) Helpful Insects in the Insect Identification database. Entries are listed below in alphabetical order. Insects that we we consider to be helpful are those that accomplish something positive for the ecosystem and / or humans such as (but not limited to) getting rid of decaying matter like plants or dead animals, neutralizing a pest species (which can promote good garden health), producing useful / edible byproducts for human use / consumption (like beeswax / honey respectively) or in general population control concerning the insect world.

The insect world is one of many moving parts that include both helpful and harmful species - with every bug playing its own role in some way.

Thumbnail picture of the American Salmonfly
American Salmonfly
Why Helpful?: Larva are extremely sensitive to water pollution allowing scientists to recognize polluted supplies.
Thumbnail picture of the Ant Lion


Why Helpful?: They control ant populations and help pollinate flowers while being no threat to humans.
Thumbnail picture of the Big Dipper Firelfy

Big Dipper Firefly

Why Helpful?: Larva feast on earthworms, slugs, and snails.
Thumbnail picture of the Black and Yellow Garden Spider

Black and Yellow Garden Spider

Why Helpful?: Stalwart "Guardian of the Garden" helping to control pest populations.
Thumbnail picture of the Black Tail Crab Spider

Black Tail Crab Spider

Why Helpful?: Preying on garden pests is its forte.
Thumbnail picture of the Blue Dasher Dragonfly

Blue Dasher Dragonfly

Why Helpful?: Consumes smaller insects daily.
Thumbnail picture of the Blue Fronted Dancer Damselfy

Blue Fronted Dancer Damselfly

Why Helpful?: Feasts on other insects as well as worms and even small fish.
Thumbnail picture of the Blue Winged Wasp

Blue Winged Wasp

Why Helpful?: Natural predator of the notorious Japanese Beetle, attacking their larva.
Thumbnail picture of the Burying Beetle

Burying Beetle

Why Helpful?: Consumer of many natural materials including small dead mammals (carrion), maggots, and rotting fruit.
Thumbnail picture of the Cross Spider

Cross Spider

Why Helpful?: Helps to control the population of garden-destroying pests.
Thumbnail picture of the Devil's Coach Horse Beetle

Devil's Coach Horse Beetle

Why Helpful?: They target snails and slugs.
Thumbnail picture of the Eastern Carpenter Bee

Eastern Carpenter Bee

Why Helpful?: Beneficial pollinators. Pollinating bees affect as much as 80% of the world's food supply - helping crop and fruit industries.
Thumbnail picture of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Why Helpful?: Have been witnessed feeding on carrion, dung, and even urine.
Thumbnail picture of the Giant Darner Dragonfly

Giant Darner Dragonfly

Why Helpful?: Will eat all manner of insects (typically aquatic), tadpoles and even small fish.
Thumbnail picture of the Giant Stonefly

Giant Stonefly

Why Helpful?: Nymphs eat algae and underwater plant material while their presence in or near water sources reflects water health - they are very sensitive to polluted waters.
Thumbnail picture of the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

Why Helpful?: Useful pollinators.
Thumbnail picture of the Golden Northern Bumble Bee

Golden Northern Bumble Bee

Why Helpful?: Great pollinators that produce both beeswax and honey. Their pollinating habits also directly affect the global food supply.
Thumbnail picture of the Green Lacewing

Green Lacewing

Why Helpful?: Targets small insects; the larvae especially like Aphids which can destroy garden plants.
Thumbnail picture of the House Centipede
House Centipede

Why Helpful?: Can help to keep certain other household pests in check - such as cockroaches and moths.
Thumbnail picture of the Hover Fly

Hover Fly

Why Helpful?: Will feed on Aphids.
Thumbnail picture of the Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird Moth

Why Helpful?: A useful pollinator.
Thumbnail picture of the Long-Legged Fly

Long-Legged Fly

Why Helpful?: Larvae will feed on small aquatic insects and rotting plant matter.
Thumbnail picture of the Mealy Bug Destroyer Larvae

Mealy Bug Destroyer Larvae

Why Helpful?: A garden pest controller which targets the mealybug.
Thumbnail picture of the Northern Caddisfly

Northern Caddisfly

Why Helpful?: Larvae feed on small aquatic insects aiding population control.
Thumbnail picture of the Arboreal Orb Weaver Spider
Arboreal Orb Weaver Spider

Why Helpful?: Targets insects, particularly at night - which means mosquitoes are on the menu.
Thumbnail picture of the Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle

Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle

Why Helpful?: Free organic garden pest control - they target Aphids.
Thumbnail picture of the Small Minnow Mayfly

Small Minnow Mayfly

Why Helpful?: Very sensitive to water pollution which helps scientist gauge water health.
Thumbnail picture of the Soldier Beetle

Soldier Beetle

Why Helpful?: Targets Aphids and is a flower pollinator.
Thumbnail picture of the Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee

Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee

Why Helpful?: Tireless pollinator - directly influencing human food and fruit crops.