16 Bugs Gardeners Should Love

Predatory Wasp
Predatory Wasp – Lays eggs inside bad bug larvae (such as the moth larvae above in our sunflowers). The wasp’s young hatch inside and explode the pests  from the inside out!

My daughter shared this news article and slideshow with me, and I just had to share it with you!

Their presence is a gardener’s gift. Repay it by avoiding nonorganic pesticides, says W.M. Hood, professor of entomology at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Spring is afoot here in Southern California, and you’ll be seeing (hopefully) some of these ‘beauties’ in your yard & garden.

Beneficial insects are key to a healthy organic garden and you can do much to attract them and keep them in your yard.

By keeping your yard beneficial insect friendly, these good bugs will keep coming back year after year!

Read more: http://realestate.msn.com/16-bugs-gardeners-should-love

16 Bugs Gardeners Should Love

Fuzzy Caterpillars

These caterpillars are eating our garden! They are about 3 inches long now.

About 2 weeks ago, they were about 1 1/2 inches long, and someone suggested that they might be tent caterpillars.

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Fuzzy Caterpillars

Something is eating my basil

Something is eating my basil

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Something is eating my basil

Cladius difformis – a Sawfly whose larvae are commonly called Bristly Rose Slug

Something is eating my rose leaves

Turns out to be Cladius difformis – a Sawfly whose larvae are commonly called Bristly Rose Slug

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Cladius difformis – a Sawfly whose larvae are commonly called Bristly Rose Slug

10 foot sunflower!

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10 foot sunflower!

Have you ever seen Ladybug Larvae devour aphids?


Spring has sprung in San Diego, and with the recent rains, everything is growing like crazy. Weeds, plants, and bugs! 

We use organic methods for pest control and have purchased a couple of ladybug colonies over the last 2 years. I have tried time and time again to move a ladybug to an aphid infested plant to see her happily and gratefully feast on the buffet prepared for her. However, she has always refused to take her meal at my beckoning, and usually flies away, quite irritated with me at that.

Until now, my goal of getting some photos of a ladybug in the act of eating aphids has failed. But wait!

On March 21, 2010, I was passing by my little flower rock garden in the front yard, and I spied a couple of ladybug larvae on my mini rose bush. When I bent down to take a look, why, here they were feasting on a group of aphids that had literally covered a rose bud until you could not recognize it!

Over the course of the next four hours, the group of three larvae devoured every single aphid from the plant.



Have you ever seen Ladybug Larvae devour aphids?