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Re: Beetles and Books

I have this book, alas another I've not sat down to read, but I do want to
get to it one of these days.  I read an excerpt when it first came out and
agree wholeheartedly.

I've recently noticed an actor in a commercial pushing a lawn insecticide
that kills grubs and ants.  I understand the presence of grubs should
minimized in lawns and I understand the damage some ants like carpenter ants
can do to a house and certain ants in particular parts of the country like
fire ants posing a problem.  But just generally ants?  Why are ants such a
problem for a lawn?  And don't they provide some benefit?  Why do these
people want to sterilize our world?

----- Original Message -----
From: "cathy carpenter" <cathyc@rnet.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, July 20, 2003 6:56 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Beetles and Books

> Would like to take this opportunity to recommend 'Insects and Gardens'
> by Eric Grissell. The author is an entomologist and gardener and his
> aim is alert us to the critical role that all insects play in the
> garden. Insects include not just pollinators, or those that prey on
> plants, but the predators that prey on other insects. He pleas for
> diversity in the garden: a diversity of habitat, plant, and insect
> life, and maintains that that diversity will provide its own
> controls.The book is beautifully bound and printed, and the excellent
> photographs of our most frequently encountered "bugs" have been
> expertly rendered by Carll Goodpasture.
> Cathy
> On Saturday, July 19, 2003, at 06:43 PM, TeichFlora@aol.com wrote:
> > yep, no entomologist here either.  I think common names for ANYTHING
> > are
> > probably regional and thus misleading.  I had a dickens of a time
> > trying to learn
> > botanicals at first and now remembering them......so I'm definitely
> > staying
> > away from latin names of bugs, birds, etc.  LOL  Pictures speak
> > volumes though.
> > Your Jap. beetle sounds beautiful, too bad it is so destructive.
> >
> > Thanks.
> > Noreen
> > zone 9
> > Texas Gulf Coast
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