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hunting for bugs

Posted by helenh z6 MO (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 6, 13 at 13:42

Something is making holes or totally eating up some plants. I went out last night with a flashlight and found several climbing cutworms and small slugs. The annual red salvia was their favorite, but I found some of the cutworms on the top of tomato plants. Cutworms were loving the flowers of red hot poker. I didn't even notice the damage. I just thought some of the flowers were ratty looking and trimmed them. Now I know. It was fun to squash those cutworms don't like handling the slugs can't get the slime washed off. I need to get a spray bottle with a little ammonia for those.

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RE: hunting for bugs

Golly, Helen, that does sound fun. NOT. Especially the slug part. I used to hunt them at dawn on my marigolds, but flipped them into a container with water.

Your three Four O'Clocks are really taking off. Should be beautiful this summer. Thanks again.

RE: hunting for bugs

I'll save my cutworms for you to squish Helen. I can't do that. ewww I just give mine a long pass into the field and hope a bird eats them before they find their way back.

RE: hunting for bugs

I am so glad to find out the source of my problem that it seems like a victory to squash them. One can do a lot of damage. I had some kale leaves on my window sill in water hoping to watch hatching of green lace wing eggs and one green caterpillar ate about a fourth of a leaf when I wasn't looking. He must have been an egg because I had handled those leaves a lot. Now I am after Colorado potato beetle larva nasty looking things. I wonder where all that orange pigment comes from because they are only eating potatoes. One adult can lay 300 eggs I read so I am not letting them get to the adult stage.

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