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Post  camprn on Sat 28 Apr 2012, 5:46 pm

Sometimes the strangest ickiest looking things turn out to be one of the best of friends to a gardener...

Most lady bug beetles are beneficial in the garden. They really like to eat aphids.


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Post  RoOsTeR on Sat 28 Apr 2012, 5:56 pm

Great post camp! Sticky'd

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Post  littlesapphire on Sat 28 Apr 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 Fri 06 Jul 2012, 10:46 am

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

cross posted to Diseases

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Post  camprn on Sat 01 Sep 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 Wed 22 May 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 Tue 05 Jul 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 Fri 22 Jul 2016, 5:20 pm

Letting the baseball card child out. Insects on cards, the good and the bad.
New Beneficial Bug Cards
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Post  landarch on Fri 22 Jul 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 Sat 22 Apr 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.
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Post  Turan on Sun 23 Apr 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 Sun 23 Apr 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 :>)

http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/05/miller-moths.html
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on Sun 23 Apr 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
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Post  recoush on Sun 23 Apr 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 Tue 25 Apr 2017, 2:54 am

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

I have this.

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on Sat 29 Apr 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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