The heather ladybugs are beneficial insects in our campus. They help us control the population of scale insects and other pests which voraciously feed on our plants, and help us encourage others to use native predators as a sustainable practice for pest control.
Other target species:
Here are some other species to consider designing your habitat refuge for, keep in mind you need to do your own research about these animals if you want to design for them:
Purple carpenter bee:
Solitary bees that feed on pollen and nectar. In early spring, adults emerge from hibernation. They Reach a length of up to 25 mm and width of 12-15 mm. They carve tunnels in dead wood but prefer to find suitable tube sized holes to start with, inside which they lay their eggs with provisions.
Green rose chafer:
Although considered as pests in some gardens, these little guys are important detritivores – feeding on dead and decaying matter and recycling its nutrients – and are a helpful addition to any compost heap. Their larvae overwinters and grows in compost, leaf mold, or rotting wood until they’re ready to emerge in spring. 20 mm length, 15 mm width.
Hairy-footed flower bee:
a solitary bee, feeding on pollen and nectar from early spring flowers. They like long and uniform sized holes, which they can use to create mud chambers to protect their larvae from parasites and the cold. 13-15 mm length, 7-9 mm width.
measures between 10 and 13 mm, 5-6 mm in width. Considered an important pollinator of native wild flowers, particularly legumes such as vetch and clover. It has been observed to pollinate wild orchids.