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Post  jbh29 on 6/3/2011, 6:05 pm

I found 3 of these little guys this afternoon while playing in the garden. Harmful? Beneficial?

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Post  jbh29 on 6/3/2011, 6:15 pm

I found it. The Red Turnip Beetle. If you're interested or have seen these in your garden, you may like this article:

http://www.extension.umn.edu/yardandgarden/ygbriefs/e255redturnipbeetles.html
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Post  westie42 on 6/4/2011, 11:55 am

Cute little fellows did your kids enjoy seeing them. That article said they seldom are plentiful enough to be a major devastation threat but sure did not mention any beneficial attributes either. Interestingly it suggested fall raking or tilling for controlling the spring larva. Sounds like then they just properly compost in the soil. Being new at SFG I wonder what do others do to controll insect or weed infestations over the winter months.

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Post  jbh29 on 6/5/2011, 9:05 pm

@westie42 wrote:Cute little fellows did your kids enjoy seeing them. That article said they seldom are plentiful enough to be a major devastation threat but sure did not mention any beneficial attributes either. Interestingly it suggested fall raking or tilling for controlling the spring larva. Sounds like then they just properly compost in the soil. Being new at SFG I wonder what do others do to controll insect or weed infestations over the winter months.

This is only my second year doing sfg, but this spring I didn't have a huge weed problem. But they were taken care of when I turned over & mixed up the mm to get it warming up. I wonder if that does the trick with the larva of these fellows. I have only fount 3 - none after I posted this. So maybe mixing the mm is enough to put the kibosh on their life cycle.
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