Pollinators, Predators and Pests

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Pollinators, Predators and Pests

The vast majority of the insects we see every day are beneficial or benign. I hope this group will provide a forum to discuss the insect world and all the wonderful and occasionally devastating ways the bugs interact with our gardens.

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Pollinator Friendly Gardening

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Comment by Bridge Scully on May 15, 2010 at 8:11pm
Yeh!! Found a lacewing on my garden this morning, have been waiting months to see one in person. Very happy to know these helpful wee predetors are hanging around my patch.

Comment by Bridge Scully on March 1, 2010 at 5:10pm
Hi Scott, there is a bit of info about the psyllid on http://ooooby.ning.com/profiles/blogs/controlling-tomatopotato and also Earl has put an organic spray mix that you could try up on one of his blogs... is worth checking out, it involves wormwood : )>.
Comment by Scott Thiemann on January 18, 2010 at 1:11pm
We've discovered we're being invaded by the tomato psyllid (recently described in Organic NZ)as we have seen some tomatoes in decline. Any ideas for getting rid of ? Thanks
Scott
Comment by Kali on December 23, 2009 at 7:21pm
wow I had a close look at the flowers of some chervil that has bolted, i was amazed at all the different species making themselves at home on there, must have been over 12 different spiders, flies, beetles, parasitic wasps, and some were minute. saw some four-spined weevils that I had never seen before, funny looking things. I borrowed the 'which NZ insect' book you mentioned Marjolijn, its a great one because all the pictures are colour and life size, must buy a copy.
Comment by Kali on December 14, 2009 at 12:53am
found the wasp here
http://www.hortnet.co.nz/key/stone/bugkey2a/wings/dblwing/clrwings/...
apparently 'This is a solitary predatory wasp (i.e. it does not live in colonies) which builds a series of single tubular nests. Each tube contains a number of cells. The female collects a variety of caterpillars, including fully-grown leafroller larvae. They are carried back to the nest and packed in each cell as it is constructed. One egg is laid in each cell and when it hatches, the developing wasp larva eats its way through the food store.'
Comment by marjolijn vos on December 13, 2009 at 7:52pm
Hi Kali, I had a look in my 'which NZ insect?' book, by Andrew Crowe and the little moth could match with Celery Pine Looper or Exquisite Olearia Owlet. Trying to figure out how I can see the photo of the paper wasp and then I'll check it in the book too.
Comment by Kali on December 13, 2009 at 2:47pm
http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/research/biosystematics/invertebr...

a good bug ID site, but my latest discoveries are not on there!
Comment by Kali on December 13, 2009 at 2:28pm


this is most likely a paper wasp but looks different to the photos of asian paper wasp I have seen
Comment by Kali on November 28, 2009 at 7:54pm


does anyone know what this little moth is? I saw two of them frolicking amongst the broad beans yesterday and can't recall seeing them before.
Comment by Hester on October 17, 2009 at 7:01pm
I saw the first ladybirds of the season in the garden today. I love seeing ladybirds in my garden. I've found it takes a few years for their numbers to build up when I take over a new garden that hasn't been organic previously.
 

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