Garden Insects to Know

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Insects that are beneficial and detrimental to your garden with photos and descriptions

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Can You Believe This Giant Caterpillar is Real? -- The frangipani hornworm moth (Pseudosphinx tetrio) is the biggest caterpillar I've ever seen - one caterpillar was nearly the length of my hand. It can grow to  inches in length.    Because it feeds on the toxic Plumeria plants, it has a bad taste and is toxic to predators.    #caterpillars #moths #plumeria #frangipani #puertorico #gardenpests #gardening #flowergardening via @gardenexperimnt

Can You Believe This Giant Caterpillar is Real?

The frangipani hornworm moth (Pseudosphinx tetrio) is the biggest caterpillar I've ever seen - one caterpillar was nearly the length of my hand.

Are Monarchs the only Butterflies that Migrate? --- Most of us know the migration of the monarch butterfly, but did you know there are other butterflies that migrate each fall and spring?  via @gardenexperimnt

Are Monarchs the only Butterflies that Migrate?

Most of us know the migration of the monarch butterfly, but did you know there are other butterflies that migrate each fall and spring?

Dragonflies are amazing insects that spend most of their life in water. They eat mosquito larvae & are skilled predators due to their eyes & flying skills via @gardenexperimnt

Dragonflies: Beautiful but Deadly Predators

Dragonflies are amazing insects that spend most of their life in water. They eat mosquito larvae & are skilled predators due to their eyes & flying skills

Attracting and Feeding Black Swallowtail Butterflies - Host and Food Plants for Your Butterfly Garden via @gardenexperimnt

How to Attract and Feed Black Swallowtail Butterflies

In my garden, Black swallowtail butterflies feed on zinnias, Mexican sunflower. Caterpillars feed on parsley, carrots, celery, etc. List of host & food plants

Eastern lubber grasshoppers - Garden pest to know via @gardenexperimnt

Eastern lubber grasshoppers - garden pest to know

The Eastern Lubber Grasshopper is a flightless insect that can become locally heavily populated. They have no natural predators and eat a lot!

Milkweed bugs

Milkweed bugs

Praying mantis: garden insect carnivores. They eat other insects and sometimes small lizards, frogs, and even birds.

Praying Mantis: The Garden Carnivore

I was opening the door to the storage space under my house to get the lawn mower when my hand brushed across something, and it moved. I sure did jump and so did it! When I looked at the ground, I found a brown praying mantis looking back up to me in what I perceived as a highly offended manner. Luckily, I had not crushed this insect, but to be honest, I do not like to touch them. I think it has to do with their size and their carnivorous diet. But I do appreciate them for their hunting…

How to protect yourself from mosquitoes while you #garden

3 Ways to Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes

Warm weather is here and the mosquitoes are already biting! With diseases like West Nile virus and Zika that are transmitted by mosquitoes, you’re going to need some protection. Mosquito Protection The first step is to avoid getting bitten -- wearing long sleeve shirts and pants are a great idea towards avoiding contact with mosquitoes. There are even clothes that are specifically created to protect you from mosquitoes. However, sometimes it’s just too hot to go outdoors in so much clothing…

Tips for attracting gulf fritillary butterflies to your garden.

Making a Home for Gulf Fritillary Butterflies in My Garden

These orange, black, and silver-spotted beauties have been in my garden a lot this summer. I've seen Gulf fritillary butterflies (Agraulis vanillae) feeding at the black and blue salvia, the pineapple sage, and some of the other flowers in my garden. Caterpillar Host Plants The hatching of their eggs was announced by the complete de-leafing of my two purple passionflower vines. Now I love the unique flowers purple passionflower vine, but without their leaves, the vine didn’t bloom. This is a…

Butterflies

Butterflies from my garden

Many of the flowering plants I grow in my yard attract butterflies by providing food for them or their larvae. It always makes me smile to see a butterfly flitting by or resting on a bloom. My neighbors probably think I'm crazy when they hear me say 'hello, beautiful' to the butterflies, but they always seem like fancy ladies visiting my garden. I enjoy seeing them and I hope to attract more each year. These are photos of some of the visitors, both moths and butterflies, to my gardens over…

Top 3 annoying insects to avoid while gardening - tips and identification tools.

Don't Let the Bad Bugs Spoil Your Outdoor Fun

It is just the worst part of gardening. I mean it, the worst. The bugs. My former biology teachers would scold me for saying “bugs” and not insects, but that’s what we call them. I appreciate beneficial insects in the garden - the praying mantises, ladybugs, spiders, and even bees and wasps that can sting. But here in the Deep South, we are just overtaken by unpleasant bugs – redbugs, ticks, mosquitoes and anything that can bite or sting. I must have the most delicious blood in the South. I…

The Assassin Bug - a beneficial garden insect that preys on other bugs. But packs a powerful sting.

A Good Bug with a Bad Sting: The Assassin Bug

Have you seen one of these in your garden? I don’t know how I never noticed these little insects during the many years that I have been gardening, but they just never registered on my radar. A friend recently posted about being stung by one of these, and that very same day, I realized that I had taken a photograph of an assassin bug juvenile. Most assassin bugs (there are about 150 species), despite their scary name, are a boon to your garden. They are predators that feed on other insects…