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Re: CULT: bugs

  • Subject: Re: CULT: bugs
  • From: smciris@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 14:30:02 EDT

In a message dated 8/23/2007 12:10:55 PM Mountain Daylight Time, jgcrump@cox.net writes:
Can anyone identify these two bugs, and what do you know about their effect on irises?  --  Griff
I don't know their official name, but these look like the mature and immature stages of a bug that especially likes the seeds of our "mountain ash" trees.  They are bright red when small, then turn a darker red, and finally mature to charcoal with red markings.  I have never known them to directly harm the iris, but when they appear in significant numbers it's a sign that the population of beneficial insects has dropped too low.  Lady bugs don't like them and the feeling is mutual.  When those two groups go to war, they are oblivious to mere humans.  Either get out of the garden or be prepared to take a lot of direct hits. 
Sharon McAllister

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