Assassin Bugs

Pests eaten:
caterpillars, leafhoppers, other bugs, aphids

Some favorite plants:
caraway, fennel, goldenrod, dill, coriander, Queen Anne's lace, buckwheat, alfalfa, and parsley

Assassin bugs are long slender bugs with a narrow head and a long beak they use to feed on their prey. They can be black, gray, green, red or brown. The nymphs are only about 1/4 inch growing to 3/4 inch or larger as adults. Some species of assassin bugs also feed on mammals such as rodents or bats.

Parasitic wasps

Pests eaten:
aphids, beetles, caterpillars, flies, gypsy moth, leafminers, moths, sawflies, scale insects, spiders, true bugs, weevil, wood-boring beetle larvae

Some favorite plants:
caraway, fennel, goldenrod, dill, coriander, Queen Anne's lace, fernleaf yarrow, golden chamomile, cosmos, marigold (lemon gem), tansy, cornflower, parsley


Insects come in all forms from the creepy crawly to the stunningly beautiful. I have found as we've built our soil and increased the plant life, the insect population has grown as well. Learning to live peacefully with some insects can certainly be challenging but many provide valuable inputs into the system we are creating when we build sustainable landscapes. Our goal here is to highlight some of the challenges and some of those insects than can contribute to the life in our yards in a beneficial way.

Aquaponics resources

Forums and email lists

Backyard aquaponics forum

If you are interested in adding an aquaponics system, I'd recommend spending some time on this forum. The people on the list are extremely helpful and have a great sense of humor. Be prepared to disappear into the site for long periods of time. The site is based out of Australia but there are members from all over the world.

Yahoo barrelponics group