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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Each year spring rolls around and we are all excited about sunny weather, April Showers, pretty flowers, birds and bees, and new leafing trees. The winter blues have disappeared and now it's time to get busy prepping landscape beds for spring plantings. We look around and see what needs to be done and make a list of what supplies to get from the local garden center. The excitement begins building, the ideas start flowing, surfing the net for new ideas, new colors and new plants....this year my landscape is going to Rock!!!
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.