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Leaf-footed bug

Leaf-footed bug

My first post included a picture of a mystery bug, which I finally identified (with the help of a work friend) as a leaf-footed bug, a relative of the stink bug. When I read up on the devil, I learned that they are voracious eaters of veggies. With that, I went on the hunt. After three days I spotted him on my sunflowers, but when I went to get my terminator of choice I turned and almost stepped on my garden helper, Dusty.

Dusty, my miniature schnauzer

Dusty, my garden helper

After the yelp (mine) and scrambling around, the leaf-footed bug got the hint and disappeared.

Today I noticed him on the lavender, gazing longingly at my eggplants. This time I was able to get him! I’m staying as organic as possible, and didn’t want to spray anything toxic. My solution was a big water glass with a top. I crept up and got him in the water. With those long legs he was quite the swimmer, but eventually he succumbed, and no stink.  (If there are any insect lovers here I will admit it hurt me a bit to watch him struggle, but I managed.) I also drowned some regular stinkbugs that were procreating on my tomatoes.

Now, to steal the hopeful description of a cockroach from the immortal Erma Bombeck, I have to hope that my leaf-footeded bug was a single male, traveling alone. I’ll be watching.

July 21 harvest of eggplant, bell pepper, tomato and bowl of cherry tomatoes

July 21 Harvest

Mr. Stripey tomato with multiple bug holes

Mr. Stripey: victim

Here is today’s harvest. I get this many cherry tomatoes every day. The eggplant variety is Easter Egg, the tomato my first Mr. Stripey. Looks gorgeous in the group picture but in the interest of honesty  I must confess that Mr. Stripey was a stink bug victim.

No disclaimer needed for the bell pepper! It’s my first harvested. Over the last three days there has been a bell pepper explosion with small peppers everywhere. I have green, red and yellow bell plants. May they all do this well!

Went out early this morning and planted a hill of winter squash seeds and some Cherokee Tears beans. More updates if and when they do anything.

 

One thought on “Gotcha!

  1. This post was great! You have a great sense of humor. I am looking forward to future posts. I appreciated the laugh this morning.

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