Category Archives: Insects

Breaking Up is Hard to Do…

So this week I made a sort of agonizing decision for my garden… I decided to get rid of my hibiscus plants. (Well… not “get rid of”, but relocate to the general landscape around our house, as opposed to being inside in my garden on the lanai…) This was, like I said, agonizing. I have […]

Milkweed Bugs

I can’t remember where we picked up our Asclepias curassivica, aka: scarlet milkweed, but it has thrived in our flower bed this spring. I didn’t even realize it had set seed pods until a week or so ago. As I went over to inspecgt the open seed pods I noticed that the plant was crawling […]

Operation Save The Pine Tree *or* Kill The Pine Beetles

So. We have a problem. Potentially, and likely, a lethal one. The southern pine bark beetle. So, when we moved into our house this summer we had a lot of dead pine trees. Many were victims of the drought last year but I’m sure many were finished off by pine beetles. We have taken all […]

Melittia cucurbitae

The squash vine borer has wrecked havoc on all things squash. Pumpkins? Annihilated. Zucchini? Total destruction. Crookneck squash? Decimated. Borer eggs I found on the underneath of a pumpkin leaf. The destroyer. The borer larvae. I was lucky to find one. I searched most of the vines and was coming up empty until I spotted […]