Sap Beetles

Identifying Sap Beetles Sap beetles, also commonly called picnic beetles or picnic bug, are sometimes bothersome in gardens come late summer. They feed on overripe, damaged, and decomposing fruits and vegetables. There are nearly 200 species of sap beetles. Adult sap beetles are between 1/8 and 1/4 inch long, black or dark colored and oval … Read more Sap Beetles

Moths and Worms in the Yard and Garden

Worms are basically the Larvae, immature stage of any of a number of insects. Primarily various moth species. However some varieties of Beetles commonly produce worms fairly indistinguishable in general appearance and feeding habits from moth larvae. Identification Cabbage Worms and Related Worms Worms that feed on Cabbage, Cruciferous vegetables, Brassicas, Green leafy vegetables, Cauliflower, … Read more Moths and Worms in the Yard and Garden

Flea Beetles

Habits and Identification of Flea Beetles Flea Beetle is a generic name applied to many species of small jumping beetles commonly seen early in the gardening season. They are somewhat elongated to oval in shape, and vary in color, pattern, and size. There are dozens of varieties. Adult flea beetles are about 1/10 of an … Read more Flea Beetles

Harlequin Bugs

Harlequin Bug Habits and Identification The Harlequin bug is a variety of stink bug and not a true beetle. The adult black, shield-shaped bug is covered with orange, red, and yellow markings. It varies in size, but is generally no more than 3/8 inch. The barrel-shaped egg, laid in clusters on crucifer foliage, is light … Read more Harlequin Bugs

Tarnished Plant Bug

The Tarnished plant bug is a common sap-feeding insect which attacks a wide range of plants. Bean, beet, cauliflower, cabbage, chard, celery, cucumber, potato, turnip, salsify, and dill, apple, peach, pear, blueberries and most other deciduous and small fruits. Strawberries are one of their favorites. It can cause considerable damage to vegetables and fruits by … Read more Tarnished Plant Bug

Cucumber Beetles

There are two primary types and six species of cucumber beetle in North America. Perhaps the most prolific and widespread is the striped cucumber beetle. Measuring about one fifth of an inch in length it is a yellowish green with a yellow thorax and black head it has three black stripes running lengthwise on its … Read more Cucumber Beetles

Squash Bugs

Life Cycle of Squash Bugs Adults squash bugs are Flat-backed, winged, brown/ black, occasionally mottled with tan / gray or light brown. Eggs are laid on the undersides of leaves in clusters of a dozen or more. Egg laying continues until midsummer. The orange-yellow eggs, each about one-sixteenth of an inch in length, appear in … Read more Squash Bugs

Meadow Spittle Bug

Identification and Control The meadow spittlebug is an annoying pest that can stunt plants and reduce fruit size. Spittlebugs can be recognized by the white masses of wet foam or spittle on leaves, petioles, and stems. The tiny green nymphs produce the spittle covering to protect themselves from predators and desiccation. Adults are bright green … Read more Meadow Spittle Bug