Garden Bugs

Garden bugs in the backyard are not always a bad thing. We’re breaking down the good, the bad and the ugly so you can keep harmful garden insect pests away.

5 Interesting Facts About Hummingbird Moths

Hummingbird moths can easily be mistaken for hummingbirds because they look and act similar. Learn more about what makes these pollinators unique.

5 Basic Butterfly Behaviors to Know

Take your butterfly gardening to the next level by learning some of their most common habits to look for.


7 Illuminating Facts About Fireflies

When the sun goes down, fireflies glow up. Read on to learn more about these extraordinary insects.


7 Creepy Crawly Facts About Spiders

Hone your backyard spidey senses and learn about these garden good guys.


5 Beneficial Bees You Want in Your Garden

Help these good bees thrive in your backyard.

Is This Insect a Moth or Butterfly?

Many people think moths are the nighttime equivalent of butterflies, but it’s not quite that simple. Learn the differences between...


10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ladybugs

Learn why you want this charming insect in your backyard.


My Adventures as a Newbie Beekeeper

Follow this newbie's journey to learn how to get your own backyard abuzz.


Get Up Close and Personal with Mysterious Mantids

Turn over a leaf and meet the intriguing hunters in your backyard.


How Butterflies and Bugs Hibernate

Butterflies and bugs make themselves at home nestled under leaves or hidden beneath tree bark in the backyard.


Annual and Periodic Cicadas

The 17-year periodic cicadas emerged this past spring, but annual cicadas are present every year.


Sphinx Moths, the Stars of the Evening

Sphinx moths tend to appear in the later afternoon and evening hours, and often visit night-blooming flowers.


Monarch Egg or Aphid? How to Tell the Difference

Not sure what you've got on your milkweed plants? Learn to tell the difference between a monarch egg and an...

8 Ways You Can Help Save the Bees

Help the declining pollinator population and become a bee champion.


Types of Butterflies Worth Knowing

From painted ladies to monarchs and malachite butterflies you'll want to add all of these butterflies to your must-see list!


Bring on the Butterflies!

Butterflying made simple! Learn butterfly names and where the best places are to look for them.


The Lovely Luna Moth

The pale green wings and feathery tails of the luna moth make it an especially lovely sight.


Spotlight on Moths: Important Garden Pollinators

Learn essential facts about moths and how to identify them. Plus, find out how to tell the difference between a...


4 Facts About Native Bees in Your Backyard

Learn these important facts about bees to help you grow a garden that's safe and attractive for these powerful pollinators.


Top 10 Flowers That Attract Bees

Create an ideal habitat for bees by planting flowers these helpful garden bugs need to thrive.


Good Bugs for Your Garden (and 3 Bugs to Avoid)

Among the hundreds of thousands of bug species, not all of them are bad for your yard. Learn the good...

Throw a Party to Attract Moths

Gather some lights, bring some bananas, and invite friends for a whole lot of late-night fun with moths.


Beetles: Beneficial Garden Bugs

Japanese beetles are an unwelcome sight to most gardeners, but there are plenty of beetles that are actually good bugs...


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Oh my–a ‘hummingbird moth’

Many people have seen these ‘hummingbird moths’ and mistook them for actual hummingbirds. Easy to see how that can happen


Beneficial Garden Bugs

Not all garden bugs are bad! Learn about good bugs for your garden and how they help.


Nighttime Music: Singing Garden Bugs

Ever wondered “What's singing in my garden?” We’ve got answers! Find out more about singing garden bugs.


Bees or Flies? How to Identify Common Garden Bugs

Bees and their look-alikes are good bugs for your garden. Learn about robber flies, bee flies, and more.