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What is this bug taking over my garden?

Posted by desirae1983 Poway, CA (My Page) on
Tue, Nov 2, 10 at 16:59

These things are EVERYWHERE in my garden. I converted my horse corral into a garden, so you can imagine how big the space is. I'm hesitant to plant anything else before figuring out what this is and getting rid of it. I have strawberries, winter squash, peas, radishes, carrots, beets, chili peppers and bell peppers.
These things prefer the weeds but live under the dirt as well as on my plants. Usually they're connected butt to butt, mating I assume. I also think they're eating my strawberries because the bites on them are small. Help! For reference, the one picture has part of my hand/thumb in it. Sorry it's blurry.
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RE: What is this bug taking over my garden?

Those are a relatively new introduction to the US, Begrada hilaris. I believe that they are from Africa. Thus far, they have only been found a very few locations in this country, but they are likely to spread rapidly.

OK, I found a good fact sheet for you so that you can learn more about your pest.

Here is a link that might be useful: Click here for more information


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