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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: What Kind of Beetle is It?

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jamievoetsch
Medford, OR

July 4, 2006
2:22 AM

Post #2464704

Is this a green ladybug? Does anyone know the exact name of it?

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TomH3787
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 4, 2006
2:34 AM

Post #2464745

Spotted cucumber bug - a very nasty pest.
jamievoetsch
Medford, OR

July 4, 2006
2:42 AM

Post #2464768

Do they ruin plants?
Carter
Houston, TX
(Zone 9b)

July 4, 2006
2:47 AM

Post #2464793

Yes. They eat them like crazy. And it seems Brugmansia flowers are a delicacy for them.
jamievoetsch
Medford, OR

July 4, 2006
2:55 AM

Post #2464814

I guess I should quite putting them BACK on the plants when they try to fly away... :)

Thanks for the help.
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 5, 2006
4:32 AM

Post #2468843

jamie - The spotted cucumber beetle has made the list of the 10 worst insect pests, because it is so numerous and because it feeds on over 200 kinds of plants - doesn't just eat cucumbers. Its larva is called the southern corn rootworm - guess where it feeds... Give it the two-brick treatment.
CJ
Lenka_
Princeton, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 5, 2006
5:06 AM

Post #2468910

About two month ago, I too realized that this was not a yellow ladybug... and the worst thing was that this bug has eaten about every flower in my garden...they love yellow flowers and I just bought Brugmansia and have discovered they will not let it bloom - it looks horrible!!
Since my discovery I've been giving them the "shoe-and-the-fence" treatment... On the first day I collected about 20 of them in a plastic bag! Those small blue bags I take with me when I walk my dog work very well! And you get better at catching them too..:) I am a pro now, he-hee - this is sad... Picking them did work a little, but did not eliminate them completely.

I am trying not to use any chemicals in my garden so I have been trying to get rid of them by other means - not much success so far. I even got a yellow sticky trap from an online garden store.. After a few days I got just one bug... As I later discovered they were able to get out of the sticky trap and kept going after my plants!!!!

If anyone knows a non-chemical solution that will help at leat decrease their population - your input would be much appreciated!
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 5, 2006
5:21 AM

Post #2468931

Here's a article for you. It does recommend pyrethrin or spinosad, but both are considered "organic". They have a low residual effect. IOW, they don't remain in the environment long.
Magpye
NW Qtr, AR
(Zone 6a)

July 5, 2006
4:12 PM

Post #2470117

.. ceejaytown ..
You mentioned an 'article' -?-

- Magpye
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 5, 2006
4:34 PM

Post #2470219

Rats! Thanks, Magpye. One more time:
http://www.ghorganics.com/CucumberBeetles.htm

Found another - long, but very thorough.
http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/cucumberbeetle.html#Organic

This message was edited Jul 5, 2006 11:43 AM
Magpye
NW Qtr, AR
(Zone 6a)

July 5, 2006
5:48 PM

Post #2470521

And lookey there .. two, for the price of one ... (heehee)
(am merely luvinly teasin' ya, cj)

((thank you))

- Magpye

This message was edited Jul 5, 2006 12:49 PM
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 5, 2006
6:38 PM

Post #2470719

Did you notice the time on that empty post? I think I was trying to sneak one more thing in before my DH caught me on the computer so late. Yeah, that's it. Couldn't be my mind or lack of, could it?
Magpye
NW Qtr, AR
(Zone 6a)

July 5, 2006
6:44 PM

Post #2470738

(((shhhhhhh .. them fellers are sneaky, ya know))
Who do ya think us femalurns learned it from .. (LOL)

- Magpye
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 5, 2006
6:49 PM

Post #2470768

LOL I'll be typing away and suddenly, from the door (behind me) I'll hear "CJ!" and jump right out of my skin! And then I have to explain that I was coming right to bed - just finishing up a last sentence...and shut the thing down fast. Yep, that's sneaky.
White_Hydrangea
Aurora, CO
(Zone 5a)

July 6, 2006
5:31 AM

Post #2473271

Sometimes I'm glad I just live with my cats!
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 6, 2006
3:30 PM

Post #2474191

There are benefits both ways. ;-)
cmccrell
Honeoye Falls, NY

July 11, 2006
2:07 PM

Post #2492743

I'd try one of the soap and oil sprays like Veggie Pharm or Flower Pharm. It works on japanese beetles, might work here. You have to keep at it, though.

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