Saturday, June 19, 2010

Bug Season

This is a . . . moth? Frankly, I'm still trying to learn about plants. Bugs will have to wait. In my garden, I have seen grasshoppers, beetles, spiders, ladybugs, ants (of course!), flies, mosquitoes (every morning, every evening) and other assorted flying insects. For the most part, I leave them alone, although I did spray a Coleus this morning, when I saw a sticky white residue (white fly eggs?) on it, and also a Lemon Verbena that all of a sudden has some of its leaves turning brown (I saw some things crawling on the plant; the browning was not the result of the heat, although we do have plenty of that!). My garden is visited by numerous birds and I am going to count on them to deal for the most part with the flying insects, such as this one. If you happen to know what it is, please tell me.


Unknown said...

Don't know if your insect is a moth... there are SO many varieties. I had a huge roach type bug run out of my coat closet this morning when I opened the door and ran not for my camera but for cover as it took to darker quarters. Life in the country.

I think your sticky white residue is spittle bugs which are VERY prevalent this summer. They do little harm.

Ellie said...

I can't really see it properly, but it looks like some sort of fly. I would really need to have a closer look at its head. I am an entomologist by training, but haven't done much with it the last 20 years. Wish I could help!

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Lya Sorano said...

Thank you for your comments!

I do not think the white stuff on the Coleus was spittlebug. It was not nearly as prominent and now, after a bug spray application, it has nearly completely disappeared.

All I have to worry about now is the heat! :-)

Unknown said...

Living in the deep woods and having a son who's a PhD entomologist I have come to really apreciate, if not always enjoy, bugs. The thrill of seeing a luna moth (which OMG really does look like Tinker Bell in Peter Pan!) and taking up the chore of carrying bugs out of the house instead of swatting or stepping on them helps us live in the same space, they as wary as I.