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Tachinid flies

Most people prefer not to have flies buzzing around their homes and gardens but these aren't your everyday house flies. These flies pollinate a range of flowers but also help control a range of pests (again their young are parasitoids - that is they grow up inside the bodies of other insects, eventually killing them (parasites leave the hosts alive)) including saw flies, cabbage moths/butterflies and even some grass hoppers.

You can attract tachinid flies by companion planting with plants such as lemon balm, buckwheat and parsley. Again pesticides can kill tachinid flies too - even homemade ones.

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