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Questions tagged [insects]

Six-legged arthropods

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What is this pest I found on my chilli pepper?

Last year, I found some brown spots on some of my pepper plants. I couldn't see any insects so I trimmed the affected parts quite aggressively. The plant survived the operation quite well and ...
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Tomato plant after neem oil application

My tomato plants stems had mealy bugs and with in an hour of my notice I started to spray neem oil liquid soap water and the plants now looks very bad and the leaves looks very dull. Will the leaves ...
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Is there a plant whose odour repels wasps, but doesn't repel bees?

I hate wasps. I like bees. I live in southern England, so we're talking about plants that can grow in a maritime climate. Any ideas?
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Need help identifing insect(s)

Trying to help a friend in New York City identify these insects on her Aucuba japonica. My girlfriend and i can't agree if there are 2 or 3 types of insects on the plants. We're thinking the brown ...
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What is this all-white insect?

I found this insect while looking for bugs in a relative's garden. Its body seems to be entirely white. It has large wings and is capable of flight. I have no indication it's harming the plant; I ...
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Insect Identification: What's this insect

Recently i found an insect very rapidly multiplying itself in the compost heap at home. I took some blurry images of the insect since they were very brisk and not sufficiently static. I am concerned ...
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What is the cause of white spots on bean leaves and how to solve the problem?

The leaves of my three bean plants are covered in these white spot; the rocket has the same problem, while the ivy and the avocado seem unaffected. These spots are located on the upper surface and ...
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Identify this bug

Recently I noticed there are lots of these bugs in my garden, sometimes these bugs have white cotton like tail grown. Anyone knows the name of these ugly suckers? Thanks!
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Where have all the beneficial insects gone?

I noticed a few weeks ago I had plenty of beneficial insects keeping my pests at bay, and they all seem to have disappeared now, and I still have some pests, like potato loving slugs. Why is that? ...
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What type of poison bait can I leave for the common UK wasp?

I've heard that you can leave poison bait for wasps, which can kill a nest when wasps return with the bait for young to feed on. However I am struggling to find such products in the UK. I've also ...
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Beetles on my fruit trees

I have some plum and peach trees and have noticed several of these beetles on each one. There are also a lot of holes in the leaves which I assume are the beetles eating them. Now if that’s just ...
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How do I treat ground cherry tips being eaten completely off?

I have ground cherry tips that are getting eaten completely off every few days. How should I treat this without harming the beneficial insects? The plant is still showing leaves after watering, but ...
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Trying to identify small insects on peppers (and if they're dangerous)

I'm completely new to gardening in Colorado, so I hope this isn't a dumb question. Today I noticed some very tiny bugs crawling on the leaves of my pepper plants and and there are a few very small ...
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What are the larvae devouring my Lysimachia punctata?

I have about a square meter of Lysimachia punctata mostly fending for itself in a corner. This morning I discovered that a large number of caterpillars(?) has gnawed the leaves down to bare skeletons. ...
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white pupae and larvae

Hi, I have just been in my garden planting some plants and I found these. I don't know if the larvae are the same as the pupae? The larvae are about 16mm long and the pupae about 10mm. The soil was ...
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What are these very small red bugs on my black walnut tree?

This is a black walnut tree. My brother noticed them while we were in the backyard. I have other trees that are not black walnut and do not see these bugs on them. They are red with a black head. ...
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What kind of insect is this on my green chilli?

I have a green chilli plant that I bought a couple of weeks back. It seems to have some sort of insect over several of its leaves (see pics below). I am wondering if this is scale or spider or mite? ...
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Are these bright orange bugs with beady black eyes ladybugs?

I have a few bugs on my pumpkin plant that seem to be eating the leaves. They are shaped like ladybugs but the color isn't red and black. It's more of a shiny bright orange. Since ladybugs are good ...
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How long is bacillus thuringiensis active?

A few weeks ago I sprayed my broccoli and bok choy plants with bacillus thuringiensis in an attempt to control caterpillar numbers. I'm pleased to see no new caterpillars (pieris rapae larvae) since ...
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How to prevent midges proliferation on indoor plants?

I live at about 45° in the North hemisphere, and during winter I use to put my plants indoor. After some time, I start to notice a proliferation of midges, apparently from the soil. Is there a way to ...
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What is this small insect with a rounded brown head burrowing into my rhododendron?

I caught this bug burrowing into the trunk of my rhododendron, and I persuaded it to exit its home. Here's a close up of said worm. I can't imagine it being other than damaging to my tree. Anyone ...
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What are these tiny animals on my oyster mushrooms?

Pleurotus ostreatus infested with tiny gnats. I can see them with my loupe but too hard to photograph even though I said cheese! They have prominent attenae, and segmented bodies - but I guess that ...
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Are these sunchoke insects friend or foe?

I've never seen many insects on my Jerusalem artichokes before but this year they seem to be plentiful. Are they pests? They do seem to be having a good time and there doesn't seem to be any leaf ...
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What's this insect on my cauliflowers?

Found these insects all over my cauliflowers hiding under the covers I'm using to blanch the heads. I suspect it's an earwig. Solutions for control? And yes, I have a bad case of pieris rapae ... ...
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Insect - Name of the insect

I clicked the picture of this insect near my plants. Can anyone help me in identifying this insect.
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Why would my citrus tree have dying twigs, burrowing insects and black scale?

My citrus tree is not healthy. The leaves are falling off, and the twigs are becoming brown and dying: In the middle trunk, where a large branch was pruned years ago, there seems to be some burrowing ...
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Is this a pest moth or friendly butterfly?

I found this odd flying insect hanging out on our Zucchini plant. I couldn't make out if it was a moth or a butterfly, friend or foe. Looks like a friendly insect, anybody know what it is and how it ...
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Insect identification, what is this thing? [duplicate]

Here is a picture of a bug, I found on my plant does anyone know what it is?
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What is this tiny black insect found on my cacti?

I need help identifying an insect, it is very small, not much bigger than the head of a pin, it is black. It kind of resembles a slug because it has the true small antennas. It was originally on a ...
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Help is my cactus is dying, can it be saved

I recently bought a golden barrel cactus (about two months ago), judging by its size I would say the plant is about a year old. Everything has been perfect with it until Saturday. I usually water or ...
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What is this giant grub looking thing?

I found this giant grub (at least I think it's a grub) while fixing up the mulch around one of my trees. This thing is huge. It's thicker and as long as my finger. Only has six legs. Anyone know ...
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Identifying fleas in my garden

Just bought a new house and the garden is filled with some kind of flea-like insect. You can't notice them normally but put anything white on the grass and they jump on it instantly. Here is a video ...
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Orange and Black bugs on balloon plant

I saw these taking over a balloon plant in the area of South Bay, LA (Redondo Beach, CA). Are they beneficial insects?
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What is this big caterpillar in my yard?

Does anyone know what this big caterpillar is? It is bright yellow with kind of geometrical triangular grey strips on the back, and also black points. It is huge for the region: 5 to 7 centimetres ...
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My basil is “rotting”, here's all the clues I have gathered

This is my third try in having a basil that lives more than a month and I've been rather successful with my last try. But now, for some unknown reason to me, it's dying. Here are many pictures of ...
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Any ideas what came out of these?

Spotted 3 of theses on one 2x2 in my veggie garden. I didn't notice them until recently so the insect may have left long ago. I'm in Seattle Washington.
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Strange brown winged insect on nectarine

I was picking fruit the other day and saw this large bug, just about an inch long I want to say, perched on top of one of the nectarines near the top of the tree. Anyone know what it is and what kind ...
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Caterpillar?-Kindly help in identifying it.

This creature on the photo was hiding in the tree and was moving bit quickly. Seemed like a caterpillar which eats moringa.. Can somebody help in identifying it.
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Who is this tan mosquito-like flying insect hanging on various tree leafs in zone 5 northeast USA?

I grow potted trees in zone 5 of northeastern USA and spend time watching the nature around them. I have been trying to learn more about the insects that frequent the plants, whether for good or bad. ...
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Who is this fellow?

I just discovered a fellow running on the guava tree. I was wondering what this insect is and its functions? I have attached the image and I currently live in India.
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Need help identifying this beetle

I have a group of these beetles on my dill plants. They might be black lady bugs, but seem too small at only 5mm. A positive ID would help be know whether to let them be, or remove them.
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What is this insect eating my rose bush?

The leaves on our rose bush have been nibbled at. Today I found this creature hanging upside down under the leaves. What is it and how do I prevent them from eating my plants? Edit: The rose is ...
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Need help identifying this worm

I noticed small holes in my kale and was concerned. When I looked under the leaf I saw this green worm (easy to spot). On more inspection I identified another 15 worms on this kale plant and another ...
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Compost pile in vegetable garden area

I am putting in a new garden and thinking about putting our compost pile in one corner. Will this attract harmful bugs to any degree that may interfere with the health of the plants growing nearby? ...
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What is eating my bay plant?

I have a young bay tree in a pot, which I received from my parents. It lives outside on a South-East Facing balcony. For a long time after my parents gave it to me (maybe 8 months ago?) it didn't ...
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Why do I have a lot of dead flies on my Euphorbia Tirucalli?

Last winter as I was taking what I assume is a Euphorbia Tirucalli (unsure) inside, I noticed a large amount of flies clinging to many of the sticks. They were difficult to dislodge and I realized ...
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What's this bug drilling into my raspberry canes, and how upset should I be?

When I went out to water my raspberries this afternoon, I saw the back end of a little bug disappearing into a hole at the top of one of the canes. Here are the holes: And here's the bug: It's about ...
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What is this ladybug-like insect that is damaging my kale, and how can I control it?

This insect has seriously damaged my kale, and almost killed my brussel sprouts in less than a week. What is it, and how can I control it. My garden is organic, so a non-chemical solution is ...
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Year round pollen producers to sustain miniature pirate bugs for pest control

I would like to use miniature pirate bugs to control thrips and other potential pests in my greenhouse, they seem quite effective but I do not want the population to die off too much when there are ...
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How to keep away Forficula auricularia from cabbages?

Here is a photo. This type of bug is eating all cabbages that I have planted some weeks ago. Apart from killing one by one, there is any solution? Probably they are living in the organic substrate.