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    Helpful Insects Listing

    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.

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    American Salmonfly
    Why Helpful?: Larva are extremely sensitive to water pollution allowing scientists to recognize polluted supplies.
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    Why Helpful?: They control ant populations and help pollinate flowers while being no threat to humans.
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    Big Dipper Firefly

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

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

    Why Helpful?: Preying on garden pests is its forte.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Green Lacewing

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

    Why Helpful?: Can help to keep certain other household pests in check - such as cockroaches and moths.
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    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.

    BUGFINDER: What Kind of Bug is This...
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