5.2 Plants that Attract Beneficial Insects

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Buffers can be planted with plants to attract beneficial insects that prey on insect pests. Considerations include selecting plants that bloom sequentially throughout the growing season and avoid plants that enhance pest abundance.

Native plants are preferred because these species attract native beneficial insects and are less likely to become agricultural weeds. The table provides a list of beneficial insects, the pests the beneficial insects prey on, and the plants or habitats that attract the beneficial insects.

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