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Jun 6, 2013 9:19 AM CST

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A "mini-database" for pictures and identification of various insects found in the garden.
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Jun 6, 2013 10:07 AM CST

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From Wikipedia:
The spotted cucumber beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata) is a major agricultural pest insect of North America.
In the adult form, it eats and damages leaves of many crops, including cucumbers, soybeans, cotton, beans, and many others. In the larval form, which is known as the southern corn rootworm, it tunnels through the roots of young plants, stunting or killing them. These native pests have a wide range of host plants, but will readily infest a field of crop plants, most notoriously corn.
Adult beetles are greenish-yellow with six large black spots on each elytron (the modified, hardened forewing) They are about 1/4" long. The larvae are yellowish and wormlike.


It also eats many kinds of flowers and vegetables, and also ripening peaches and apricots.

A lot of great info on this site: http://www.sfgate.com/homeandgarden/goldengategardener/artic...

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Jun 6, 2013 10:13 AM CST

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Rose Curculio or Rose Weevil.
Rose weevils damage roses in several ways. First, by making feeding punctures with their long beaks on rose buds, calyx, and peduncle, and secondly, the weevils lay their eggs in the buds and the larvae feed on the petals and receptacle area. If any flowers manage to open, the petals show these awful small holes made by the adults, ruining the bloom.
Regular handpicking of the adult weevils and removal of damaged buds and spent blossoms will prevent continuing damage and will prevent severe populations the following year. They drop readily from plants and feign death when disturbed so I have been using a bowl of soapy water held under the buds when hunting them. I also just read that scouting and handpicking should also be done on other hosts such as raspberries and boysenberries, and blackberries.

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Calif_Sue
Jun 6, 2013 10:22 AM CST

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Wait, do you want this only to be for identification purposes and then have the actually known insects on another thread?
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Jun 6, 2013 10:25 AM CST

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No- I like the info you put in (exactly what I was hoping for). I was hoping this could be a thread where people could look through the pictures and identify what is going on in their gardens. Do you think I should change the wording?
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Calif_Sue
Jun 6, 2013 10:43 AM CST

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No, I would leave it. It's good for both, coming here to see one already listed and posting to ID them too. Thumbs up
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plantladylin
Jun 6, 2013 11:05 AM CST
Aphids on Hibiscus, Mandevilla vine and Aphids and Lady Beetles on Oleander foliage:
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plantladylin
Jun 6, 2013 11:06 AM CST
Eastern Boxelder Bugs:
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Jun 6, 2013 11:07 AM CST
Southern Green Stink Bug (enlarged image):
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woofie
Jun 6, 2013 12:58 PM CST
Hollyhock weevil, next to some seeds for scale:
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Nasty little creatures eat the insides of Hollyhock seeds. Apion longirostre. Grrrrr..... Not the thing you want to find in your collected seed packets. Angry

I came across some additional information on them, too. Apparently the female has a longer snout than the male. I'm guessing my photo is a male, based on the illustrations shown here:
http://crawford.tardigrade.net/bugs/BugofMonth32.html
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valleylynn
Jun 6, 2013 5:06 PM CST
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I found the Boxelder Bug (a North American species of true bug) in my semp beds last year.
They mainly feed on Acer seeds, they can sometimes pierce plant tissue while feeding. They are considered to be more of a nuisance than a threat to our gardens.
Boy was I relieved to learn that from Janet. nodding

I had to use a magnifying lens to see what they looked like, all I could see were tiny red dots moving around. Blinking
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Jun 6, 2013 8:13 PM CST

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Slugs and Snail damage.
I go out every morning scouting for snail, have made quite a dent in the larger population like this one, it's the tiny ones and the slugs that allude me.
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They love the large leaves of my Giant Leopard Plant (Farfugium japonicum var. giganteum) Crying Kinda defeats the purpose of growing it if it's going to look like Swiss cheese.

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valleylynn
Jun 6, 2013 9:41 PM CST
Oh no. Crying
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Jun 7, 2013 6:29 AM CST
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Sri Lankin weevil, as far as I know it's mostly in south Florida, nothing kills it, it eats the leaves of different fruit trees down to the stem, I keep checking with the Florida Ag department and they are working on finding a soloution to this bane of my life. You will have to enlarge the pic to get a better idea of what it looks like.

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Jun 7, 2013 4:13 PM CST

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woofie
Jun 7, 2013 4:38 PM CST
YUCKKKKKKK!!!!!!! Eeeewww, and it's on your hand? ICK! Hilarious!
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Jun 7, 2013 5:39 PM CST

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That's Toby, his pet! Green Grin!
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plantladylin
Jun 8, 2013 7:17 AM CST
I'd sure like to know how to get rid of slugs. I went out on the back porch to move a plant back to a protected spot under the eaves (I'd moved it out in the rain to get watered) and when I turned to come back inside I noticed a large sluggy looking thingy attached to the glass door! It was 4:30 a.m. and I was half asleep; we were rushing to get to get ready to head to the airport so I forgot about it. Now I'm so worried that I'm going to get home and find my plants eaten! I've never seen a slug before and I don't want them dining on my plants so hopefully a snake or bird will find and eat it (and any of it's relatives) before I get home!!
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hazeleyes
Jun 8, 2013 1:35 PM CST
Anyone know what this is?
http://garden.org/thread/view_post/422570/
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Jun 8, 2013 2:14 PM CST

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This is a slug...
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