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Type of Insect?


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Catherine04-Jul-04 11:36 AM EST 5   
Patricia04-Jul-04 06:38 PM EST 5   
Nancy05-Jul-04 07:03 PM EST 5   
Dorothy10-Jul-04 02:35 PM EST 5a   
Patricia10-Jul-04 07:28 PM EST 5   
Barbara10-Jul-04 10:46 PM EST 6a   
Barbara10-Jul-04 11:14 PM EST 6a   


Subject: Type of Insect?
From: Catherine
Zone: 5
Date: 04-Jul-04 11:36 AM EST

I've seen small bugs which are very green in colour and have almost a metalic sheen on the back, on some of my plants. The plants seem fine so far. Does anyone know what these are and if they need to be destroyed, or are they one of the helpful variety. I have a hard time killing bugs of any kind, so would not like to kill unneccesarily.


Subject: RE: Type of Insect?
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 04-Jul-04 06:38 PM EST

Catherine: I share your approach: don't kill a bug unless it is really devastating your plant. For instance, my husband hand-picks potato beetles from our vegie patch - if he does not do this, the beetles will completely defoliate the plant and pretty much kill it.

I find that most bugs don't really do enough damage to warrant destroying them. A few are really bad. Use organic means if you can, like insecticidal soap or even a strong jet of water. If all else fails - then you may try a chemical method. But for me, this is the very last resort.

The most important thing to do is observe with care each day, and learn what's going on.

Good luck!


Subject: RE: Type of Insect?
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 05-Jul-04 07:03 PM EST

Good advice Patricia,

I think I've seen the ones you mean in my garden, too, Catherine. Can't seem to find them in my insect field guide. But I haven't noticed them causing any damage, so I'm going to leave them be for now.


Subject: RE: Type of Insect?
From: Dorothy (queeenbee99@yahoo.com)
Zone: 5a
Date: 10-Jul-04 02:35 PM EST

Although the insect your describe is not familiar, I have had a really bad yr also for chewing insects and catapillars.I don't like to spray for we get lots of bees and birds, but this year the damage was extensive.The culprit is a brown hard backed beetle which I first found mating in June on my Camperdown Elm, I did spray, but a week later there were still some there, I have now found this same beetle on my vines and peony's. I have tried to search the web to find out what it is with no luck. I admit I have sprayed most of the garden, and hope it will be years before I have to do so again,perhaps I have just not noticed the damage before and could live with it. With all the rain I have slug damage to my clematis, but will try to hand pick them off and use more egg shells. If anyone knows of this beetle would like to know more.


Subject: RE: Type of Insect?
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 10-Jul-04 07:28 PM EST

Dorothy: try this: email the Master Gardeners of Ontario - this is the email: mgoc_helpline@yahoo.ca

They may be able to ID the beetle. I had the saw fly larvae chewing my Camperdown Elm - luckily, with a spray of Cygon 2E we were able to put a stop to it. Good luck!


Subject: RE: Type of Insect?
From: Barbara (barblet30@hotmail.com)
Zone: 6a
Date: 10-Jul-04 10:46 PM EST

Hi Catherine: I can offer no insight with respect to identifying the insect you describe, although I just want to say that I'm with you in choosing to use insecticidal soap rather than something poisonious.


Subject: RE: Type of Insect?
From: Barbara (barblet30@hotmail.com)
Zone: 6a
Date: 10-Jul-04 11:14 PM EST

Hi Catherine: I can offer no insight with respect to identifying the insect you describe, although I just want to say that I'm with you in choosing to use insecticidal soap rather than something poisonious.


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