I wanted to highlight a few of the GOOD bugs you will hopefully see visit your garden. There are tons of bugs that are very helpful to your garden these are three of my favorites that I have been lucky enough to welcome to my own garden. All three have been vital in keeping the “bad” bugs at bay, they have been crucial players on my offensive team ?. Diatemacious Earth can be harmful to some of these good bugs (especially pollinators) but if your using Neem Oil you can rest assured it will not harm these guys, Neem Oil dries on the leaves and kills/deters the bugs who are eating the leaves not the bugs who eat other bugs.
The European Mantis or Mantis religiosa is a large hemimetabolic insect in the family of the Mantidae (‘mantids’). Females prefer to deposit their eggs on solid substrates at warm and sunny sites. Most eggs from one ootheca hatch at the same time along the entire convex site as worm-like pre-larva . The hatchings always occur in the mornings. Mantids are a carnivorous ambush predator that actively scans its environment and feeds on most insects that are not too large to be captured by rapid extension of its raptorial legs. Only living and moving prey is captured and consumed immediately using their powerful mandibles. Grasshoppers seem to be rather popular, probably maybe because of their type of movement (flying or leaping) but crickets and cockroaches are also frequently preyed upon.
Ladybugs are a Coccinellidae, a widespread family of small beetles ranging from 0.8 to 18 mm (0.03 to 0.71 inches). Ladybugs are considered useful insects, because they prey on herbivorous homopterans such as aphids or scale insects, which are agricultural pests. Many coccinellids lay their eggs directly in aphid and scale insect colonies in order to ensure their larvae have an immediate food source.
Green lacewings are insects in the large family Chrysopidae. They are very common in North America and Europe. They are often simply called “lacewings”. Eggs are deposited at night, singly or in small groups; one female produces some 100–200 eggs. Eggs are placed on plants, usually where aphids are present nearby in numbers. Each egg is hung on a slender stalk about 1 cm long, usually on the underside of a leaf. Immediately after hatching, the larvae moult, then ascend the egg stalk to feed. They are voracious predators, attacking most insects of suitable size, especially soft-bodied ones (aphids, caterpillars and other insect larvae, insect eggs, and at high population densities also each other). depending on species and environmental conditions, some green lacewings will eat only about 150 prey items in their entire life, in other cases 100 aphids will be eaten in a single week.