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Post  rjeverett on 5/28/2012, 2:29 pm

Since I don't know if he's helpful or harmful I figured this forum would be the best place to stick this question Smile

Found him this afternoon on a bean plant, he wasn't eating or anything but I wanted to try and ID him none the less since I am still a gardening newb! The pictures aren't the best, he's tiny and moves fast so it was a little hard to capture all the details. I'll try to describe him as best I can.
He has 6 legs, looks to be mostly brown with light greenish (think lightning bug green) belly and spots on the side of his body. He has kind of a bristle tail to him, that seems to put out some sort of slimy trail, and small pinchers on his face. So without further ado, here he is...



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Post  Lindacol on 5/28/2012, 4:13 pm

My daughter says it's a greenlacewing larve. If so that is a good guy.
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Post  rjeverett on 5/28/2012, 6:16 pm

@Lindacol wrote:My daughter says it's a greenlacewing larve. If so that is a good guy.

Awesome! Thanks so much! Because honestly he doesn't really look like the good guy type, so I am glad I found out before doing a panic squish Smile
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Post  memart1 on 5/28/2012, 6:29 pm

I think it might be an earwig, which is NOT a good thing. Do an internet search for images of earwig and see what you think, then act accordingly!
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Post  rjeverett on 5/28/2012, 7:04 pm

@memart1 wrote:I think it might be an earwig, which is NOT a good thing. Do an internet search for images of earwig and see what you think, then act accordingly!

That was my first thought, but I wasn't sure so that's why I waited to find out before squishing. Luckily earwig's have their pincers in the back and his were in front. *phew!*
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Post  walshevak on 5/28/2012, 7:12 pm

That first picture with its pincers and the "tail" in the air made me think of a tiny scorpian. Wrong configuraton, but sure made me stop a minute. lol!

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Post  CapeCoddess on 9/13/2014, 1:34 pm

Thought I'd post this here because the thread name is fun. I found these eggs on my collard greens just now. They look so much like the beneficial wasp eggs I found on the tomato hornworm that I didn't want to destroy them until I found out what they were. I googled 'white fluffy eggs on plants' and didn't find a match. Any ideas?


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Post  camprn on 9/13/2014, 1:39 pm

@Lindacol wrote:My daughter says it's a greenlacewing larve. If so that is a good guy.
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Post  camprn on 9/13/2014, 1:41 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Thought I'd post this here because the thread name is fun. I found these eggs on my collard greens just now. They look so much like the beneficial wasp eggs I found on the tomato hornworm that I didn't want to destroy them until I found out what they were. I googled 'white fluffy eggs on plants' and didn't find a match. Any ideas?


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considering the host plant I would bet but don't know for sure, those are cabbage mouth cocoons.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 9/13/2014, 3:56 pm

Yup, that's it alright.  Wasn't easy to find.
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Post  camprn on 9/13/2014, 4:13 pm

Lol, cabbage mouth. Of course I meant cabbage moth

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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/23/2015, 4:14 pm

OK, big yuck.  I found this little 3/4 inch weirdo on a collard leaf that was laying on the ground.  He moves by jerking back and forth.  Startled me the first time.  I think if I were to squish it, it would feel like a soft jelly bean, but I let it go. What the heck is it?


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Post  camprn on 6/23/2015, 4:23 pm

It's cool!

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Post  mollyhespra on 6/23/2015, 4:32 pm

Oh, not a good guy, CC.  What you have there is a fresh pupae of the dreaded Imported Cabbageworm.  Scroll down for a picture.
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Post  sanderson on 6/23/2015, 4:44 pm

Only in the State with the Montauk Monster that washed ashore! Laughing Seriously, maybe you can raise it to see what it turns in to. Looks like a larva.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/23/2015, 4:52 pm

@mollyhespra wrote:Oh, not a good guy, CC.  What you have there is a fresh pupae of the dreaded Imported Cabbageworm.  Scroll down for a picture.

How do you always know these things, Molly??? You're like an expert on the weird and bizarre.
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Post  llama momma on 6/23/2015, 5:07 pm

@sanderson wrote:Only in the State with the Montauk Monster that washed ashore!  Laughing  Seriously, maybe you can raise it to see what it turns in to.  Looks like a larva.

Being a native Long Island girl, The Montauk Monster was in New York. 
I needed to credit 'the disgusting thing' to the right state Lol.
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Post  sanderson on 6/24/2015, 2:40 am

My apology to all the folks of Maine.  My source was wrong.

Molly, good call. Sure looks like the pupae.

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Post  mollyhespra on 6/25/2015, 7:33 am

@CapeCoddess wrote:
@mollyhespra wrote:Oh, not a good guy, CC.  What you have there is a fresh pupae of the dreaded Imported Cabbageworm.  Scroll down for a picture.

How do you always know these things, Molly???  You're like an expert on the weird and bizarre.
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LOL!!!  No expert here.  A few years back I thought it a good thing to make a worm-feeder for the birds by putting any worms I picked off the broccoli into a small tray in the middle of a larger tray with water.  Well, it didn't work; the birds ignored the treats and the worms that didn't dry out managed to swim ashore and crawl somewhere else.   I just happened to have one of them crawl up between the screen & window of my patio next to where the worm-bath was so I just left it there, thinking it had died, but instead it slowly transformed into one of those.  Then it became an interesting thing to watch it survive our <-20 winter days (exposed to all the elements) and then come out as a moth during a warm snap in March.  I didn't see the "birth" happen but I saw the empty cocoon and thought the moth flew away.  It wasn't until I opened the porch window once it warmed up a few months later that I found the dead moth still trapped inside.  It wouldn't have survived anyway, being as there was no food for it to eat in March but a bird might have gotten it instead...
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