08.04.2020 The best way to rid your garden of harmful pests

Assassin Bug-Pselliopsis cinctus practicing IPM (Integrated Pest Management) on a Japanese Beetle-Popillia japonica.

Gardeners can purchase Assassin Bugs but ours are all here by their own choice. They won’t eradicate the unwanted beetles but do keep their numbers down.ย  I suppose if we bought a box’o beetles that would make a difference but assassin bugs are not species specific so might wreak havoc on beneficials as well.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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27 Responses to 08.04.2020 The best way to rid your garden of harmful pests

  1. Woody Allen said something to the effect that it’s one big supermarket out there in nature, meaning that almost everything is food for some critter or other.

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  2. Angela says:

    I wouldn’t mind hiring an “assassin” for the Japanese beetles that have feasted on my roses this year, but I’d be afraid to introduce anything new to the environment. Perhaps I’m wrong about that. Still, it’s heartening to know that others share my pain.

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  3. That is one exotic looking bug! Great capture and post, Steve!

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  4. bluebrightly says:

    Keeping it as balanced as you can… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  5. Todd Henson says:

    I love the color. I’ve seen a couple here but they looked far more “normal”. This one wants you to know how fearsome it is.

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  6. melissabluefineart says:

    What an amazing looking creature! I’ve never seen one.

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Love those striped stockings! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  8. For the second time today my eyes are amazed and my mind is educated on the subject of bugs.

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  9. krikitarts says:

    Assassin bugs, very aptly-named, are indeed the stuff of nightmares, especially if one has dreams (or fantasies) of being an insect. I’m surprised that no one has made a horror film featuring them. Yet.

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    • My favorites, until this colorful chap, has been the ambush bugs which are the same but further on down the line. Spent the morning with them. They are kind of scary looking…by they I mean both.

      Actually, here is a horror film featuring an assassin bug and another of your nightmares come to life. I love the sound effects. ๐Ÿ™‚

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