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Name: Robyn
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robynanne
Jul 18, 2016 8:06 PM CST
Any idea if these are ignorable?


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Name: Sue Taylor
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kniphofia
Jul 18, 2016 10:49 PM CST
Not sure what they are but most bugs that aren't doing any damage to the plants are ignorable. They're just doing what bugs do.
Name: Robyn
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robynanne
Jul 19, 2016 1:46 AM CST
Agreed, it is the "not doing any damage" part I'm looking to confirm.
Name: Daniel Erdy
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ediblelandscapingsc
Jul 19, 2016 2:14 AM CST
Have you seen a bunch of them?
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Name: Robyn
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robynanne
Jul 19, 2016 4:57 AM CST
Yes, I just put that echinacea in the ground and they found it fast! There are many constantly out there wedged into the flower heads.
Name: Daniel Erdy
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ediblelandscapingsc
Jul 19, 2016 11:38 AM CST
it's an ambush bug. it's a good bug but also will kill pollinators. they sit and wait on prey then ambush it hints the name.
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Name: Robyn
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robynanne
Jul 19, 2016 11:56 AM CST
ediblelandscapingsc said:it's an ambush bug. it's a good bug but also will kill pollinators. they sit and wait on prey then ambush it hints the name.


That explains why they are wedged into the flower head like they are. Well, I'll have to keep an eye on them then. I got the flowers to help bring in the pollinators though at the moment the bees care more about the squash flowers. :)

Thank you!
Name: Greene
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greene
Jul 19, 2016 12:16 PM CST
The Ambush Bug is pretty good at catching and killing bees so maybe don't ignore it.
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