Category Archives: Insects

Oystershell Scale on Lilac

My neighbor’s lilacs, while showing signs of lilac blight earlier in the season, continue to experience massive dieback. Today, I decided to perform a closer examination, since the proximity of his plants puts my plants at risk. To my surprise, … Continue reading

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Bristly Roseslug

It never ceases to amaze me how all it takes is one rose in a garden in order for the Bristly Roseslug to find it and attack. The roseslug is the transparent (when young) or green (when older) larval caterpillar … Continue reading

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Four-Lined Plant Bug

For the past two years I’ve had problems with Four-Lined Plant Bugs. As shown in the photo at left (click to enlarge), the nymphs are black and red, so they’re easy to spot, even though they’re only one-quarter inch in … Continue reading

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Plant of the Month: Asiatic Hybrid Lilies

In between early summer and high summer, among the best perennials to join June-blooming roses are the Asiatic hybrid lilies. Stately and strong, they provide a welcome linear accent in the garden. The multitude of colors and patterns makes it … Continue reading

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Tomato Hornworm Parent?

Before you are able to appreciate that glamorous butterfly or majestic moth, there is a voracious caterpillar (larva) that needs copious amounts of food before it can molt into maturity. As a gardener, it’s important to be able to identify … Continue reading

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A Surprise Visitor

The earliest butterflies of the season are typically brown- or black-winged–such as the Mourning Cloak or Red Admiral–since their darker colors absorb sunlight, keeping them warm on those cool but sunny spring days. Although the Spicebush Swallowtail (Popilio troilus) is … Continue reading

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Another Reason to Grow Petunias

Petunias are one of the favorite nectar sources of hummingbird moths–in this case, a White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata). According to local news sources, my geographic area experienced a “population explosion” of the White-lined Sphinx Moth this year. I can’t … Continue reading

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