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  • What is this bug?

    It's devouring the leaves of my eggplant. Ugly little things. And not so little, either!

    Bug 1

    Bug 2

    Bug 3

    To keep it equine-related, I also took some pictures of this while I was outside.
    Life would be infinitely better if pinatas suddenly appeared throughout the day.

  • #2
    Looks kinda like the Colorado potato beetle except not.

    Off to go through my gardening books.....

    You have a cute ass, by the way. har har
    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
    -Rudyard Kipling


    • #3
      not a colorado beetle, I've got those sadly. But eww, I *have* seen those buggars on my friend's eggplants, last year. They're gross. I've had my fingers x'd they don't invade my garden.

      And you do have a very cute ass!!
      Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.


      • #4
        I have those things-are they the larva of something? They get dunked into the soapy water can with the other buggy invaders.


        • #5
          It is a young Colorado Potato Beetle before it becomes an adult.... so says the gardener in the office.


          • #6
            That's what I thought but I don't recall them being so white. Usually more of a creamy brownish/beige color.

            Maybe the color varies depending upon what they're eating?

            I loathe them.
            Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
            Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
            -Rudyard Kipling


            • #7

              ugly hungry bug!

              but it was the ass comments that got me to look!

              They're right.

              She has a cute ass, a pretty nice pussy and a "cucumber" that proves that size matters!

              Thanks for the afternoon giggle!
              "The Threat of Internet Ignorance: ... we are witnessing the rise of an age of equestrian disinformation, one where a trusting public can graze on nonsense packaged to look like fact."-LRG-AF


              • #8
                Wait! Another office gardener says larvae of the Mexican Bean Beetle?!?!?


                • #9
                  I was going to say it's a bug that would like a healthy dose of sevin spray?
                  Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.


                  • #10
                    I'm not sure what the bug is - but I know what you need to get rid of them.

                    Look for a spray that contains Bacillus Thuringiensis, something along the lines of Dipel. It is organic and kills all leaf eating catterpillars.

                    Look for a concentrated liquid. Add a few drops of liquid dishwashing detergent to the mix (otherwise it will roll right off of the leaves.) And be sure to spray the underside of the leaves because that's where the eggs are.

                    You have to reapply whenever it rains.
                    We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts. ~Harold Nicolson


                    • Original Poster

                      Originally posted by CatOnLap View Post
                      She has a cute ass, a pretty nice pussy and a "cucumber" that proves that size matters!
                      My husband will be so proud to hear that!

                      I also consulted an entymologist friend of DH's who also thinks they are Colorado Potato Beetle larvae. Here's his recommendations:

                      "It looks like a Colorado Potato Beetle larvae to me which is a common parasite of eggplant. You can google them and get lots of suggestions for control; I suggest urine treatment to give [DH] something to do. It won't help but it'll be entertaining."

                      Seriously, though, looks like picking them into a jar of soapy water is what I need to do. Yuck!
                      Life would be infinitely better if pinatas suddenly appeared throughout the day.


                      • Original Poster

                        Originally posted by DiablosHalo View Post
                        Wait! Another office gardener says larvae of the Mexican Bean Beetle?!?!?
                        Apparently, those are spiky:

                        Life would be infinitely better if pinatas suddenly appeared throughout the day.


                        • #13
                          Tater beetle. Babies before it dawns the stripes.

                          Pick off, and put in a jar. Don't let it out. Put all in kitchen disposal, run it. End of bug cycle. No more eating no more reproducing no pesticides.

                          Could use diamatcius earth (sp SORRY) but it will kill and dry out good bugs like spiders.

                          I catch, and release to the septic tank lots. buh-bye bugs!

                          Great pictures.


                          • #14
                            sorry, stand corrected! I thought the colorado beetles were red or really dark brown. blech, they're horrible little critters.

                            I use neem in my garden and/or bonide's garden dust.

                            anyone know what this little buggah is?
                            Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.


                            • #15
                              Appears to be a type of dragonfly.

                              I have some odd looking spidery bugs, and they have red/orange on their bodies long black spidery legs. Finally figured out they eat other bugs. Ok, by me. I saw one with a bug in it's jaws. They seem to hang out on my blueberry bushes, clematis, and tomato plants. Seen them other places too.

                              I try to pick bugs off in the morning. Jar them up, dispose in sink.


                              • #16
                                Family Chrysomelidae (leaf beetles)

                                Without knowing the size, I'd say those that have suggested Coloraldo Potato Beetle are correct. Given the way they are chowing down on the vegetation, you should know fairly soon. The adults look like giant ladybugs (not the same family), but when viewed from above the head is recessed below the thorax (part which on the ventral side have 3 pairs of legs and in dorsal view two pairs of wings) and the elytra (hard, leathery-like, 1st pair of wings) are striped.

                                The pictures you posted are of the larval stage. They will need to pupate before they become adults. The native host plant is nightshade (Solanum). These lovely little beetles are serious pests of potato (also in the plant genus Solanum, as are tomato and eggplant) in North America and Europe.


                                • #17

                                  Oops, sorry wrong poster: buck22 see below.

                                  Your fancy gray critter is a robber fly (family Asilidae). Good flies, like dragon and damselflies they too are predators. Strong fast, acrobatic fliers. One of my favorite fly families to watch!

                                  Do not spray them! They are beneficial insects, as seen in your beautiful photograph of the capture of a orthopteran hopper!
                                  Last edited by Derid; Jul. 9, 2010, 12:26 PM. Reason: responded to wrong post


                                  • #18
                                    Sing Mia Song- can't help with the bugs (hope you find something to kill them soon!), but just had to say that I love your ass!!!


                                    • #19
                                      careful with the neem (or other horticultural oils) outside--spray after sundown, or on a cloudy day, or the leaves will fry like tater tots.
                                      Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry.


                                      • #20
                                        No idea what the bugs are, but I love your ass! (heh heh!) In the first picture, he looks exactly like Donkey from Shrek--my fave character! Is he a character, too?

                                        I loff my Quarter horse clique

                                        I kill threads dead!