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Post  camprn on 4/28/2012, 5:46 pm

Sometimes the strangest ickiest looking things turn out to be one of the best of friends to a gardener...
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Most lady bug beetles are beneficial in the garden. They really like to eat aphids.


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Great post camp! Sticky'd EWWWWW.........bugs and stuff...good or not so good? 3170584802

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Post  littlesapphire on 4/28/2012, 7:10 pm

Pretty picture! Thanks, I'll be sure not to squish those bugs Smile Although I'm sorry to say it's a rare day when I see an actual ladybug. Maybe once a year around here. Maybe I should order some.

Then again, it's a rare day when I see aphids, too!
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Post  camprn on 7/6/2012, 10:46 am

Insects are vectors for plant disease.
http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/course/ent425/text18/plantvectors.html <~~click

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Post  camprn on 9/1/2012, 9:31 pm

WHAT IS THAT CATERPILLAR? Maybe this website knows.
http://www.discoverlife.org/20/q?guide=Caterpillars

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Post  Windmere on 5/22/2013, 9:08 pm

Wow, very helpful info camprn. There is so much to learn about helpful insects. I'm trying so hard to minimize things like neem by picking off and squeezing bugs.

It is amazing how similar some bugs look. Good guy and bad guy can easily be confused as the other. The more I know, the more I realize how little I know.


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Post  has55 on 7/5/2016, 10:28 am

there still bad boys out there. What if you were there size? recognizing them help. great post CampRN.





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Post  has55 on 7/22/2016, 5:20 pm

Letting the baseball card child out. Insects on cards, the good and the bad.
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Post  landarch on 7/22/2016, 10:27 pm

love lady nymphs and adults in the garden...sad thing is I have not seen a single one yet this year...or lacewings, praying mantis, etc...and my garden is getting ravaged by pests.
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Post  recoush on 4/22/2017, 2:18 pm

found this in my raised bed today But next to the bark.

kind of looks like one of the lady bug , but ooks too big to be a lady bug and dont think it is a Caterpillar /butterfly as it was in the dirt hiding in the dark does not like the light. EWWWWW.........bugs and stuff...good or not so good? Img_1510
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Post  Turan on 4/23/2017, 12:32 am

Something about that looks like a cut worm to me.
Did it curl up? Then it would definitely be a cut worm.
Miller moths are the adult.

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Post  recoush on 4/23/2017, 7:50 am

Correct curls up and does not like Sunlight heads for shade.
excellent another pest identified Very Happy
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found a site below that talks about this pest and why its called a miller moth
leaves behind a white powder :>)

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 4/23/2017, 9:13 am

Looks like a grub to me, though it's hard for me to tell for sure from the photo. Is it mostly whitish, with an orange head and legs, and a gray rear? Scroll down a few for a photo: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/field/white_grub.htm
Grubs also curl up in a C shape and head for darkness.

Most grubs are 'bad', but apparently there's at least one 'good' kind:
http://swiftsgardeningblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/bumble-flower-beetle-euphoria-inda-is.html
PDF link doesn't work, but I found this:
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Post  recoush on 4/23/2017, 8:13 pm

oh maybe it was bumble flower grub hard to tell was in the soil the marking kind of look d lady bug back end? have to wait tell is see another, at least now i have two possible candidates thanks recoush
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Post  sanderson on 4/25/2017, 2:54 am

TNGeezer wrote:This is the best book I have ever seen on this subject

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 4/29/2017, 8:23 am

@recoush wrote:oh maybe it was bumble flower grub hard to tell was in the soil the marking kind of look d lady bug back end? have to wait tell is see another, at least now i have two possible candidates thanks recoush
I'm not sure which aspect of the back end of a ladybug you mean. The head of both grubs and cutworms tends to be shiny like a ladybug's shell.
Here's a link to the archived version of the website, for distinguishing different kinds of grubs if you find another:
http://web.archive.org/web/20070206032058/http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/atru/research/grubs.pdf
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