In a message dated 8/23/2007 12:10:55 PM Mountain Daylight Time,
Can anyone identify these two bugs, and what do you know
about their effect on irises? --
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.
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