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Name: Linda
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Apr 26, 2017 9:38 AM CST
It's hanging out on my collard greens. First time I've seen it in my garden. Don't know if it's a friendly or a foe! Looks like it multiplies pretty fast, too, as there are tiny babies that look like "mini me's" of the adults. There does seem to be an instar phase to the development. It looks almost like two lady bug instars stuck together in the middle by a flexible, white band. The heads of each are at either end. At first, I thought it was another type of lady bug, but, I'm not sure.

It's only in the bed of collards, which have been infested with cabbage loopers. I sprayed Bt two days ago, and the cabbage loopers are no more, but, this bug doesn't seem to have been infected. I believe that's because it's not munching on the leaves. Must be munching on the looper eggs, maybe???

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Ok. I've identified this as a "Harlequin Cabbage Bug." It's eating my collards, and will multiply and EAT MY FALL/WINTER BRASSICAS, if I don't handle it now...

Who knows how to handle this? LMK.


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Apr 26, 2017 6:32 PM CST
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