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Insects are some of the most abundant creatures on earth and they all play an important role within our ecosystems. Organic gardeners and farmers are able to put aside an aversion to insects that we all seem to have, probably because of the few bothersome or aggressive ones, and understand that in nature, there is always a balance.

Organic gardening techniques, whereby the use of synthetic chemicals is eschewed and soil and plant health are maintained by the addition of organic matter, will see balance created and, hopefully, very few severe unmanageable pest and disease outbreaks.

Here, we profile a few more of the amazing and vital insects that create balance and important biodiversity in our backyards and our environment in general. Their roles can be as predators, pollinators and more.

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