Good Garden Bugs

 – Tropical garden edition – 

Not all bugs are bad for the garden, in fact there are so many Good Garden Bugs in our tropical garden that we’ve summed some up for you.
Many insects, or bugs, are beneficial to our (tropical) garden. On Curacao there are some insects that you’d want to stay away from, like scorpions and centipedes as their sting can linger for a while and cause a nasty reaction.

Did you know, there are 1.5 million identified species of insects in the world?That’s a lot of creepy crawlies!

Most tropical garden bugs mean no harm to humans and are either pollinators, decomposers or predators:

Pollinators are the insects that pollinate many of our fruits, flowers and vegetables. Without them, we would not have the produce we enjoy and rely on. They include bees, wasps, ants, flies, butterflies and moths.

Insects that are de-composers feed on dead animals, rotting vegetation, fungi and almost anything else they encounter in their environment. De-composers include millipedes, centipedes, spiders and beetles.

Predator insects, such as ladybugs and praying mantis devour other insects. Most of them destroy the bugs that devour the plants in your garden and help keep pest populations at a manageable level. They also act as a food source for birds like the chuchubi (caribbean mocking bird).

So the bugs in your tropical garden all play an important role within the environment. We started making a list of some of the most common bugs found in the tropical garden, can you help us find more? Let’s keep in touch on Facebook or Instagram where you can share your tropical garden bugs with us!

Extra fun activity:

 

How about you keep your own Tropical Garden Bug diary, where you can draw, write, or somehow describe the bugs you’ve come across in the garden?

Found something interesting ?