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New insects in garden: pests or beneficial?

Posted by sheckylovejoy So Cal Zone 9 (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 26, 12 at 13:15

They are very pretty, but something tells me they will kill everything in their path. At the moment I only see two of them out in the garden. They are about a cm long. Photo attached


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RE: New insects in garden: pests or beneficial?

put on asbestos gloves.. and pick them off.. before they do the nasty and start laying eggs ...

who cares what they are.. lol ...

ken

ps: pick them off.. put in a plastic bag.. run over with car... encase in cement.. and send to the landfill ...

Here is a link that might be useful: check this out


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RE: New insects in garden: pests or beneficial?

Thanks. They've been disposed of. I live dangerously, so I skipped the asbestos gloves.


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RE: New insects in garden: pests or beneficial?

That's the nymph of the Southern Green Stinkbug.


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RE: New insects in garden: pests or beneficial?

so I skipped the asbestos gloves.

==>> but you did the rest.. right?? ... lol ...

google images of eggs and nymphs.. and keep an eye out..

ken


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RE: New insects in garden: pests or beneficial?

That IS the nymph. Shecky needs to look for the green adults. Searching for eggs is a totally great idea.


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RE: New insects in garden: pests or beneficial?

i missed your post rhiz .. relax..

he needs to look for YOUNGER NYMPHS.. like at the link

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: link


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RE: New insects in garden: pests or beneficial?

This link may be of some use.

Here is a link that might be useful: Stink Bugs


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RE: New insects in garden: pests or beneficial?

Thanks again for all the help. I found 4 of them on one flower, but so far no eggs. There were plain green bugs and also the ones with the lovely markings. They are sealed up and buried in the trash.

Do they cause damage to plants, or are they just stanky? I don't see any damage to the plant they were on.

Thanks again


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RE: New insects in garden: pests or beneficial?

Yep, insects like stinkbugs cause plant damage. They stick their little needlelike mouthparts into the plant and remove plant sap. If there is a lot of feeding going on, plant health can be seriously compromised.

That's why it is important that you regularly look for egg clusters. Those pretty nymphs don't fly....they had to have hatched from eggs somewhere on that very plant. And the green adults are the ones laying the eggs.

These insects suck plant juices at all stages of life, by the way.


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RE: New insects in garden: pests or beneficial?

Thanks again. I keep looking, but see no eggs on that plant, though it is pretty big. FWIW, it's pretty healthy right now. I will, however, remain vigilant


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RE: New insects in garden: pests or beneficial?

As written in the article linked above, "Damage - Stink bugs inflict mechanical injury to the seed as well as transmit the yeast-spot disease organism. The degree of damage caused by this pest depends to some extent on the developmental stage of the seed when it is pierced by the stink bug's needlelike mouthparts. The younger the seed when damaged, the greater the yield reduction. Although late season infestations may not affect yield, bean oil content and germination will be reduced."


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RE: New insects in garden: pests or beneficial?

i had them on gourds last year.. a nice large 10 foot square plant ... and i watched.. from egg mass hatch.. thru maturity.. as they simply sucked the life out of the plant.. which slowly shriveled and died ... which i didnt care ... it was better than TV.. lol ..

it should not be hard to see large clusters of eggs.. when and if they happen ...

ken


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