Katydids

Katydids are one of the many creatures buzzing, trilling and chirping away in the summer night insect chorus. These cricket and grasshopper relatives are fairly large insects, but often overlooked because they come in colors and shapes that blend in with their environment to prevent predation. Learn about the main groups of katydids and some interesting facts about these plant-eating insects…

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Summer insects

Insects abound in the warm summer months, with many types — such as butterflies, dragonflies and bees — that most people enjoy and appreciate, but also some not-so-nice ones that can damage our ornamental and vegetable plants. Here’s a lineup of some pest suspects which includes one that just seems like a pest because it can be so numerous, but it doesn’t hurt plants. Read more about these six insects in these archived articles:

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Damsel Bugs, Family Nabidae

You likely have some beneficial predators in your garden that you’ve never paid attention to. Damsel bugs are slender, tan-colored bugs that look a lot like assassin bugs or other plant bugs that feed on plants. But all of the damsel bugs, or nabid bugs in the Family Nabidae, are predators. To learn more about this good guy that eat aphids, caterpillars and more, read this article…

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Articles on Spring Pests

It’s not only spring flowers and new leaves that emerge this time of year. Plenty of pests also show up to torment gardeners. Read about a few of these that are common early in the growing season in these archived articles:

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Sawflies

Sawflies are a group insects related to wasps that get their common name from the saw-like appearance of the ovipositor, which females use to cut slits in stems or leaves to lay their eggs. The plant-feeding larvae often look like caterpillars or slugs, and many are quite noticeable because they often stay together to feed in groups and quickly cause noticeable defoliation on their hosts. Learn more about sawflies in this article…

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