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Re: M.G.s or those that know...

Well, all I've been able to figure out so far is that it may be a moth of some sort. I looked up "Inch Worms" and "Loopers" on Google and found all KINDS of different sizes and shapes of inch worms and they become moths. So....I guess the eggs are laid in the bud or flower and they hatch later. I'll just have to be more observant. Bugs were a HUGE problem for me in Texas so I battled that with chickens, ducks and turkeys. Well, the turkeys ate some of my plants (their favorite was ornamental cabbage), the chickens kept scratching my mulch and dirt out (I even had a hot wire fence around my gardens..didn't detere them at all). But, they ducks were not so destructive. SO...in my Mother Earth News magazine I read about Muscovy Ducks. From the second day they are born, they are bug EATERS. They eat mosquitos, ticks, fleas, flying insects (including those awful horseflies). The only bug they are known to NOT like are box-elders. Another "pest control" critter are guineas. They don't scratch around much like chickens and are very neat. Plus they are like geese...they get very loud when something is in the yard that does not belong there. So...I'm going to try this.

Jesse Rene' Bell
Claremore, OK
Zone 6

From: Cersgarden@aol.com
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] M.G.s or those that know...
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2003 22:24:24 EDT

In a message dated 6/13/03 1:32:10 PM, jesserenebell@hotmail.com writes:

<<  In the past when I've grown Rudbeckias I noticed
little bitty tiny inch worm type critters crawling around on them >>

Jesse, I don't grow Rudbeckias but a plant we had in a MG garden always got
black aphids.
I have not heard of a little worm problem.

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