Getting to Know the Bugs in Your Orchard

Get to know the bugs in your orchard…learn to identify the good bugs and the bad bugs. Work to encourage more good bugs to get rid of the baddies!

The more I learn about fruit tree care, the more I realize how critical it is to know how to recognize “good bugs” and “bad bugs”. Bad bugs often need to be removed (and destroyed!) in order to protect your trees and fruit. But what if you make a mistake and smoosh a good bug instead? Much of my learning comes from my community orchard in Ben Nobleman Park in Toronto and we’re blessed to have a volunteer who loves taking macro pictures of the insects in our orchard and pollinator garden. Wow! It’s a whole new world! While we go about our duties in the park including weeding, watering, mulching and pruning, the local bugs also have lots to do and it’s wonderful to get a glimpse of their world.

In previous posts and podcasts, you can learn more about integrated pest management, and about encouraging good bugs to come into your orchard. You can learn how to protect your trees and fruit from the dreaded Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and over the months and years to come we’ll learn lots more. But this post is just for fun…to get a glimpse of the beauty of nature and all the creatures we share our planet with. Thank you to Ben Nobleman Volunteer Stacey G. for sharing your images with us! Keep ’em coming! (NB. The captions on the pictures are my fault! Stacey is not responsible for putting the words into the mouths of her insect friends!)


Susan Poizner

Susan Poizner

Director, Fruit Tree Care Education Online

Susan Poizner is the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards and the creator of the award-winning online fruit tree care training portal at She is an urban orchardist, journalist and film maker living in Toronto, Canada.