Saturday, July 9, 2011

Friend or Foe

I saw this guy and thought it was weird he didn't have spots but got excited that maybe the ladybugs had finally come to eat all the aphids.  Upon referencing my trusted Vegetable Gardeners Bible I realized it was a mexican bean beetle.  When they are young they don't have any spots.  I am now wishing I had plucked him when I had the chance, I can't find him now and my beans leaves are peppered with holes.

After my tomato hornworm ordeal last year I was worried about this guy.  But after some quick reading found out he was a swallowtail butterfly caterpillar and decided to let him be.

I have seen a bunch of wasps this year and are hoping that some of them are parasitic and taking care of any pests in our garden.


  1. I never heard that about the wasps, but we have some too so I'll keep my fingers crossed!

  2. Yeah I don't know much about parasitic wasps vs other wasps but I do know that the parasitic type will lay their eggs on pests. When they hatch the larva eat the pest and kill them off.