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Rachel11-Apr-02 03:26 PM EST 6b   
crocus11-Apr-02 10:24 PM EST   
George Griffin12-Apr-02 08:52 PM EST 5a   
George Griffin13-Apr-02 07:57 AM EST 5a   
Rachel18-Apr-02 06:10 PM EST 6b   
Rachel19-Apr-02 03:21 PM EST 5b   


Subject: What's this bug?
From: Rachel
Zone: 6b
Date: 11-Apr-02 03:26 PM EST

I have recently turned over a new garden and I have found several beetles that I don't recognize. They are about 3/4" long, black with shiny heads and dull bodies, and orange and black legs. They run away from the light. From what I've read, I think they are ground beetles, but I'm not sure. Does anyone know what they are and if they are harmful? If so, how do I get rid of them?


Subject: RE: Whats this bug?
From: crocus
Zone:
Date: 11-Apr-02 10:24 PM EST

Rachel.Out the decription you gave from the beetle I would say you have Tiger Beetles in your garden which are beneficial. It would be nice if you could catch one in a jar and take a picture of it,to get a better look for the name of the beetle.


Subject: RE: Whats this bug?
From: George Griffin (leonie@nbnet.nb.ca)
Zone: 5a
Date: 12-Apr-02 08:52 PM EST

There are a great number of insects that live in healthy soil. A sure sign that your soil is dead is when it can no longer support insect life. It it very likely you have discovered one of the beneficials. Their numbers far outweigh what we condider to be harmful to crops. I think about 98% of insect life in the garden are beneficial. That is to say in a healthy garden where all forms of insect life are wiped out from fear that was developed in ignorance and misdirection.

Unless you notice them eating your sandwich, rejoice that you have good healthy living soil. It is much rarer than you might know and becomming rarer all the time.


Subject: RE: Whats this bug?
From: George Griffin (leonie@nbnet.nb.ca)
Zone: 5a
Date: 13-Apr-02 07:57 AM EST

Not! I meant Not!That is to say in a healthy garden where all forms of insect life are "Not" wiped out from fear that was developed in ignorance and misdirection.

Godda stop those late night postings....


Subject: RE: Whats this bug?
From: Rachel
Zone: 6b
Date: 18-Apr-02 06:10 PM EST

I've been doing some research on the bug and it's not a tiger beetle. It looks like a larder beetle but smaller and the underside is orange. It hides underground and is very shy. I just planted my peas and radish seeds outside, so I want to know if this little guy is a threat. Also, since I have a few wireworms could this be a clickbug?


Subject: RE: Whats this bug?
From: Rachel
Zone: 5b
Date: 19-Apr-02 03:21 PM EST

I've discovered it is a click beetle and they themselves are neutral but the larva, wireworms, may wreak havoc on my garden. Any hints on getting rid of them, without using chemicals?


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