I rarely spot preying mantis this time of the year. They are very tiny
and probably very green at this point. Althought I've watched them
hatch and make the chain down from the case, I rarely see them again
until they are an inch long or better. So hard to see until they start
turning brown. By then they're big enough to eat a house! <vbg>
I can tell they are out there, and busy at work, because I don't see
any aphids! Had them the frist couple of week of iris season, during
the first year I was here, but none since.
<<Don't they know there's food out there for them.?? >>
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Subject: [iris-photos] Photo TB: Rave On & Thirps Theories
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Orange is a favorite color of mine to show up against stucco walls.
I had good luck w this one last year as to growing it.
It hasn't opened yet this year, but should be soon.
Don't really know how to hybridize yet, nor have the space, but good
luck with this one.
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(Schreiner, R. 1990) Sdlg. V 401-3. TB, 36" (91 cm), ML
Ruffled orange (RHS 23A), creamy white signal; beards tangerine. M
748-C: (K 905-D, Skyfire sib, x J 571-B: (G 1212-A: ((Golden Ice x
Celestial Glory) x Flaming Star) x Gold Trimmings)) X China Dragon.
As to thirps, I've been pretty lucky this year. I just rinse w plain
water. It's my understanding that if they are rinsed to the ground they
die. Anyone know if that is true?
All I know is I was just beginning to have a problem, so I turned the
sprinkler system on for one night and that pretty much knocked them off
my iris. But if I was trying to get pollen, that method would ruin the
Someone that came to my garden said for aphids plant nasturiums. The
aphids will go for them rather than the iris. Never heard that one
before. Maybe that works for thirps also?? I do have nasturiums planted
this year and I do have less problem.
The thirps seem to gear towards the darker colors or if there is a
darker edge etc.
Those little spiders really have a hay day with them. Like I said, I
could use some more of those little spiders.
Haven't seen many ladybugs nor walking sticks yet this year. Don't
they know there's food out there for them.??
Linda in CW AZ