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City_Sylvia
Dallas, TX

June 10, 2005
3:24 AM

Post #1535599

Maybe some Texans have seen this creature. I want to find out if its a good bug or a bad one.
City_Sylvia
Dallas, TX

June 10, 2005
3:29 AM

Post #1535685

My poor Monarda...its still trying to bloom. Now its sitting on my Dahlia! Do you believe tha brazen creature posed for the camera?
Sylvia
bettydee
La Grange, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 10, 2005
4:12 AM

Post #1535789

Are these the only photos you took of this creature?
City_Sylvia
Dallas, TX

June 10, 2005
5:27 AM

Post #1535936

Well no Betty..but this is the best one so far... its so docile i can probaly pick him up and do all kind of shots ... but I am scared to mess with it. It just sits there and pose. yesterday he was on some sedum...today the dahlia. I really think he is the only one. I never seen him fly or hop. What do you think it is?
Sylv
konkreteblond
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 10, 2005
1:53 PM

Post #1536470

I can't tell what it is from those pics. Try to get a clearer shot. From that first one it looks sort of like an assassin type bug.

btw, my Monarda just started blooming this week.

This message was edited Jun 10, 2005 8:54 AM
bettydee
La Grange, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 10, 2005
9:58 PM

Post #1537428

I looked through my Texas Bug Book today and I have to agree with konkreteblond. Google for 'Arilus cristatus photos' to see if the bug you have looks like those photos. If it is an assassin bug, it is a beneficial bug. Just don't try to handle it. Supposedly, it can give you a painful stab.
konkreteblond
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 11, 2005
12:04 AM

Post #1537654

Never touch anything that ugly.
City_Sylvia
Dallas, TX

June 11, 2005
2:53 PM

Post #1538899

Yes I was told on another thread that it is an assassin. Thats why I bought it to the Texas thread to see if anyone here could identify it.
Sooooo if its not this bug that doing the damage...what is? It is the only plant that looks like that...matter of fact its just the one Mornarda! The other look fine. Usually the plant multiplies really fast...this year I only see two or three plants and something has got a hold of the big one. :(
Sylvia
I will try to get a better pic...thanks guys
bettydee
La Grange, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 11, 2005
6:42 PM

Post #1539370

It might be a night muncher. You may have to go out with a flashlight. Hopefully, it's something you can catch and squash easily.

Veronica

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 11, 2005
6:51 PM

Post #1539388

I don't know if this will help,but I had some plants that were being eaten and when I looked closely under the leaves I found some tiny slugs doing the job.
I removed them and problem solved.
You might try and see, these were very small slugs, about 1/3 inch and very easy to miss.

Josephine,
City_Sylvia
Dallas, TX

June 12, 2005
3:45 AM

Post #1540488

Frostweed I just went out and checked under the leaves and they are clean. Strange ... its only the Monardas this is happening to. I just saw *Aaron again (*The Assassin bug) He is just sitting on the Dahlia ...lurking...tenticles waving.
Sylvia
...what they use to look like...hopefully they will come back next year...think maybe I should cut them back?

This message was edited Jun 11, 2005 10:47 PM
konkreteblond
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 12, 2005
4:37 AM

Post #1540608

That's a very pretty red. I have pink, but do like it. Do you have grasshoppers? Tiny ones can do tons of damage without you ever seeing them.
City_Sylvia
Dallas, TX

June 12, 2005
5:22 AM

Post #1540677

No... I havent seen any grasshoppers either...
konkreteblond
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 12, 2005
1:02 PM

Post #1541046

Well, all I can say is at least it's not lace bugs!! I've got holes in some things but that doesn't compare to these horrid beasts that are sucking the life out of some other plants. At least it doesn't appear that your plant's life is in immediate danger, and it doesn't have powdery mildew. :)
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

June 13, 2005
4:35 PM

Post #1544247

I had leaf beetles, they are small and shiny black, they stripped a fuchsia in a couple of days. They move really fast and hide if you get close to them. They eat the native oenothera, fuchsia and cuphea but haven't found them on my dahlias. Monarda won't grow here so don't know if they eat that or not.
konkreteblond
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 13, 2005
9:38 PM

Post #1544916

Oh, I've seen those little things too! I have never seen them before and wasn't exactly sure what they were doing. Figures!!
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 15, 2005
1:25 AM

Post #1548035

What an ugly bug! Why is it called an assassin bug? I have monardo for the first time this year. Wanda (Wandasflowers) sent me a little dormant piece late last fall and I cannot believe what it has done so far this year. I just measured it this evening and it is 40 inches tall, 34 inches wide. First bloom!
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 15, 2005
1:29 AM

Post #1548047

And I also planted this little dwarf this year. It is only about six inches tall and so cute.
sweezel
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 15, 2005
1:34 AM

Post #1548063

Because it kills other bugs and sucks up their insides. LOL Maybe more than you wanted to hear at dinner time.
City_Sylvia
Dallas, TX

June 15, 2005
1:37 AM

Post #1548072

Oh Trunnels how healthy your plants look!
I just love that purple one.
Sylvia
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 15, 2005
1:37 AM

Post #1548074

So it is a good bug? Where can I get one?? Sedrick, can I babysit your bug for the weekend?

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