To most people, “bugs” is a generic term for insects and other creeping or crawling invertebrates. To an entomologist, a true bug is actually a member of the Order Hemiptera. This Order includes plant bugs, Boxelder bugs, stink bugs, lace bugs, lots of water bugs, and aphids to name only a few. Sucking/piercing mouthparts, incomplete metamorphosis and wings that look half hard and half membranous characterize the true bugs. In fact, Hemiptera is Latin for “half-wing.” The membranous halves of the wings usually overlap to form a diamond shape over the bugs’ abdomen, which helps with identification.
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A question I get frequently during the spring and summer months is, “What’s been eating my plants?” This is not always an easy question to answer. Beyond the evidence that something has indeed been munching on your ornamentals, more clues to what did it are needed.
Best Perennial Dianthus (Review)
Do you remember the pinks and Sweet Williams that grew in your grandmother’s garden? Have you ever given or received a bouquet with carnations, perhaps at prom or for a birthday or just to add color to a room? All these are different kinds of Dianthus.
During my college days, I was a member of a team responsible for the care of several blueberry bushes that we used for conducting weed control studies. They were highbush blueberries, tall with large, tasty fruit. Aaahhh, I still remember harvesting those rich, blue berries and eating them in everything from baked goods to jam - or simply fresh from the bush.