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Post  jewlz2121 on 6/13/2013, 1:39 pm

I'm such a girl when it comes to picking bugs up...glove or no glove.  So, I used kitchen tongs and dunked them in a bucket of soapy water.  I found 3 of the 4 so far.  It's only 97 degrees here today, so maybe I'll find #4 tonight.
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Bug Identification...Friend or Foe? much appreciated

Post  mariachilady on 6/13/2013, 4:18 pm

Hi All,
I'm new to SF gardening...and gardening in general...
I've been noticing these small black flies with large brown eyes sitting on plants and fruit trees. They don't seem to be hurting the plants, but they are laying very small eggs on the stems of my tomatillos and under my cucumber leaves. The eggs wash away easily with water. They also look like they collect dirt/manure and eat it or who knows what....any clue? pics are close up of the fly on my apple tree and a close up of the lil' brown eggs on the stem of my tomatillo
I hope they're nothing to worry about! Rolling Eyes


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Post  camprn on 6/13/2013, 4:29 pm

jewlz2121 wrote:I checked out the good/bad guy sticky, and I can't really tell.  I'm guessing bad?  If so, how do I treat?  Sprinkle DE?  Spray Neem/Soap? 

Looks like squash bugs to me and I squash them. And their eggs when I find them.

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Post  nosmok on 6/13/2013, 9:22 pm

Just pulled out my sugar snaps; they were dwindling and the leaves had a whitish coating on them.  Beneath the area where the snaps were growing were thousands of these tiny bright green bugs.  The picture I attached shows them clustered on top a vegetable marker.  Did these cause the demise of the snaps?  Are they detrimental to my other plants and if so, how do I get rid of them?

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Post  camprn on 6/13/2013, 9:30 pm

Aphids is what they look like to me. Bad bugs.

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Post  mschaef on 6/13/2013, 10:01 pm

nosmok wrote:Just pulled out my sugar snaps; they were dwindling and the leaves had a whitish coating on them.  Beneath the area where the snaps were growing were thousands of these tiny bright green bugs.  The picture I attached shows them clustered on top a vegetable marker.  Did these cause the demise of the snaps?  Are they detrimental to my other plants and if so, how do I get rid of them?

http://i79.servimg.com/u/f79/18/16/66/39/bugs15.jpg

If they are aphids like someone above mentions than I know that lady buys eat them. You can buys ladies bugs at a gardening store to release into your garden.
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Post  nosmok on 6/13/2013, 10:07 pm

Thanks for the quick response!  I'll get on them in the AM!
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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/13/2013, 10:10 pm

From what I've read/experienced, it's best to release ladybugs around sunset.  I'm sure others have more specific information.
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Post  camprn on 6/13/2013, 10:22 pm

A blast from the hose and insecticidal soap spray works ok too.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/13/2013, 10:57 pm

I agree with Camprn:  Blasting the aphids off with a spray of water is also effective.  However, you'll have to keep doing it.  Not a big deal, though.
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good bug or bad bug?

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Can't seem to locate this one. Any ideas? Looks just under 1/2 inch.
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Post  camprn on 6/1/2015, 6:55 pm

Did you try bugguide.net?

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Post  yolos on 6/2/2015, 11:06 am

Oops, I think I killed two of those yesterday.
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Post  Bryan74 on 7/29/2015, 5:15 am

Well, I don’t know much about the pests as my husband takes care of all these issues. His friend is a professional pest controller and works at a local Pest control Port Macquarie firm. He always gets his help in identifying and removing pests from home and garden.
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Post  Kelejan on 7/29/2015, 10:35 am

A quick glad you\'re here Bryan74 happy hi 
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The USA is quite a large country.  In which state do you live?
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Bryan74, Welcome to the Forum from California! glad you\'re here When You have a moment, please modify your location so we have a better idea of your growing conditions.

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Post  Zmoore on 8/15/2016, 7:48 am

This is gross!  I was moving the last bit of compost material from my stock pile area and incorporating it into a more active pile and I uncovered these bright white grubs.  Now, my general rule of thumb is "grubs are bad", so I already made the call to kill them.  I squashed at least 10-15 of these things.  Normally grubs I come across are shorter and fatter than these things.  
I was just curious if anyone can identify the type of grub.  Other weird part was normally I come across a single grub, these things were in little packs of about 4-5 close together.
On the brighter side there were lots of night crawlers around in the stuff I was moving also.  I kept trying to scoop those up with debris and throw them on my compost pile Smile  
 
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 8/15/2016, 8:51 am

Based on what you're saying, my mind jumps to stag beetle larvae.
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Post  Zmoore on 8/15/2016, 9:44 am

DOH!!
Those aren't bad guys huh?
Is a Stag beetle a big black bug with pincers in the front?  I saw one of those too, near one of the groups of grubs I uncovered.  They don't take care of their "young" do they? 
Oh well, I killed them with my "grubs bad" mentality.
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 8/15/2016, 3:27 pm

Zmoore wrote:DOH!!
Those aren't bad guys huh?
Is a Stag beetle a big black bug with pincers in the front?  I saw one of those too, near one of the groups of grubs I uncovered.  They don't take care of their "young" do they? 
Oh well, I killed them with my "grubs bad" mentality.
Yes, big black/brown with pincers up front. Nope, not bad. They aren't considered beneficial, either, but they're an awesome part of the ecosystem. I haven't heard of them taking care of their young but there are several beetles that do (dung beetles, carrion beetles, certain tortoise beetles); I doubt anyone has studied it.  Bess beetles (another dark colored beetle with noticeable mandibles) live in colonies and communicate with their young:
http://insects.about.com/od/beetles/fl/10-Fascinating-Facts-about-Bess-Beetles.htm

Since not all beetles are bad, not all grubs are bad. Bugs in compost are generally decomposers, not root feeders.
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Post  Zmoore on 8/31/2016, 8:10 am

I think this one is a stink bug right?  bad guy.  
One of my cucumber vines has been suffering and I thought it was the heat and lack of water (maybe it was to start).  Anyway, yesterday evening I go out to water what plants I have left and it's looking even "sicker" and then I notice these things all over it.  "Razzin-frazzin-where's my gloves".  So I played bug squash for a little while. I lost count, but I'm pretty sure I was in the 20+ range. 



Not a bug really, catepillar.  What kind?  I KNOW it's bad.  Couple weeks ago I was looking at my tomato plants and noticed complete "branches" just eaten clean and these big fat green buggers on the plants.  Played "bug squash
 with them too and picked off about 6 of them and stomped them.  They are..... "squishy"? .. ugh.. gross..  Anyway, while watering last night found two more, but this time they also had these little white... things on their backs.  Are those eggs?    
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 8/31/2016, 8:39 am

Zmoore wrote:I think this one is a stink bug right?  bad guy.  
One of my cucumber vines has been suffering and I thought it was the heat and lack of water (maybe it was to start).  Anyway, yesterday evening I go out to water what plants I have left and it's looking even "sicker" and then I notice these things all over it.  "Razzin-frazzin-where's my gloves".  So I played bug squash for a little while. I lost count, but I'm pretty sure I was in the 20+ range. 



Not a bug really, catepillar.  What kind?  I KNOW it's bad.  Couple weeks ago I was looking at my tomato plants and noticed complete "branches" just eaten clean and these big fat green buggers on the plants.  Played "bug squash
 with them too and picked off about 6 of them and stomped them.  They are..... "squishy"? .. ugh.. gross..  Anyway, while watering last night found two more, but this time they also had these little white... things on their backs.  Are those eggs?    
Ack! First one is a squash bug. You nearly had me hitting my screen so I could dispatch it before it could escape. affraid Definitely a 'bad bug.' Not only do the suck plant juices, they inject a toxin that harms the plant, and they can transmit at least one disease. Evil or Very Mad Scroll down on this page to see all parts of the lifecycle, so you can remove nymphs and eggs, not just adults:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/67889

The first time I saw the nymphs last year I thought "Aww, those are kinda cute, I wonder what they are?" followed a few days later by "Uh, there sure are a lot of you and my plants seem a little sick..."  I'm doing much better this year at keeping them under control. I'm pretty sure the adults I've been finding have been flying in, rather than having grown up in my garden. As near as I can tell, this year I removed two patches of eggs, and missed two. And I'll be arranging the squash planting differently next year so I can check more easily.

The caterpillar is either a tomato hornworm or tobacco hornworm (their horn, not shown in your photo, differs.) The 'eggs' are the cocoons of a wasp that will kill the caterpillar. Leave it be if you want more parasitoid wasps next year. The wasps will also attack sphinx moths other than those that start as tomato/tobacco hornworms.
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Post  sanderson on 8/31/2016, 2:34 pm

Photo #1 - bad bug.  Photo #2 - bad and good bug.  You can leave #2 caterpillar alone as it is not going to do anymore damage and its hitch hikers are good bugs. Very Happy   I use a cheap dust buster to vacuum up the cute nymphs and adults of a similar bug as #1, the leaf footed bug:

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Post  yolos on 8/31/2016, 2:44 pm

I watched a lot of videos this summer on the problem of squash bugs.  The best approach for me was to spray the base of the plant with pure water in the late afternoon.  That causes the bugs to move up into the foliage.  Then spray the bugs directly with insecticidal soap.  Then a little later repeat the whole process again until you no longer see anymore bugs.  Then wait a while (or in the morning) wash off the leaves with pure water so the leaves won't be damaged.
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