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Delfarose
Aug 2, 2017 6:51 AM CST
This little animal is eating my vegetable garden. Can someone please tell me what it is and how to get rid of it? Thank you
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Aug 2, 2017 9:58 AM CST
Can you get a clearer picture? The last one is clear but it looks like it has been squashed. Is it the same as the bug in the first three? Is the red stuff on the finger blood? If so have you actually seen them eating the plants, and can you show a picture of the damage?
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Aug 2, 2017 10:27 AM CST

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It is unfortunately very out of focus, but it looks to me like a Tabanus nigrovittatus (Greenhead horsefly).
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
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sooby
Aug 2, 2017 1:40 PM CST
That does look like a possibility and would account for what looks like blood. In that case it would not be what's eating the plants.

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