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Garden friend or foe?

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Ingrid Hoff, an entomologist  gave a great talk at the Proven Winners extravaganza at the Landscape Arboretum.  I didn’t get to all of her top 10  garden bugs in my previous post this week, so here goes. 

The Lacewing larvae is like a little aphid-eating lion!  Do NOT squish this wonder bug.

Lacewing

Lacewing

Lacewing larvae - University of Iowa

Lacewing larvae – University of Iowa

Lacewing larvae – University of Iowa

Aphids - yellow

Aphids – yellow

Aphids come in a variety of colors and they are NOT our friends.

Another squishable is the Emerald Ash Borer which has destroyed multiple millions of Ash Trees.

Emerald Ash Borer aka EAB

Emerald Ash Borer aka EAB

It may be pretty but it is extremely destructive.  For more information click HERE.  If you have EAB and want to treat for it, I would suggest calling on an Arborist.  You can consult with Faith Appelquist of Treequality.  Check out this video from my show Dig In Minnesota:

While this guy looks like he should be squished…

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar

and, it’s true, he/she may eat some of your plants…  When you see what this caterpillar becomes, I think you’ll find it worth it!  The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly.  There are a few types of Swallowtail including the Black Swallowtail. 

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

One more definite squishable is a fairly new introduction to Minnesota and quite unwelcome.  The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug:

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

This little horror will eat your vegetables, your fruits and your ornamentals.  Oh, and it will also invite itself into your home for the winter.  Squish with care as the name implies, it stinks!

BugGuide.net has a host of bugs to help you identify what’s in your yard and it’s just packed with all kinds of information!

I talked with University of Minnesota Entomologist, Jeff Hahn, about Integrated Pest Management on Dig In Minnesota:

 

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