“Good Bugs”  :)

“Good Bugs” :)

A number of weeks ago, I trimmed back the rose bush out front pretty hard (or at least, so I thought). I put down some fertilizer around the bush, as the package suggested, and watered it heavily for a week or so. It seems that it really liked the treatment - it is putting out so much new growth and a bunch of new buds! Well, a few days ago, my mum was over admiring it and she noticed some aphids on the new buds. She also pointed out about a dozen scary looking orange bugs swarming another bud! My boyfriend helped me capture one of the orange bugs in a jar. Through an extensive google-fu exercise, we ID'ed the bugs as milkweed assassin bug nymphs. (I couldn't get my camera to focus on the little guy - maybe I'll take a picture of the ones on the bush when I get the chance.) They originally looked like this picture: http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2006/04/15/assassin-bug-nymph-3/ But they're starting to look like this guy as days pass, body flattening out and turning redder: http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2007/01/31/milkweed-assassin-bug-nymph-2/ Apparently, these guys will eat pretty much any bug they can catch (whatsthatbug.com has a picture of one eating an unlucky bumble bee) and are considered by a couple of my gardening books to be a sort of "silver bullet" for the garden. Except that they can bite, so we just have to be careful. I love Nature in my yard. :)
Partial Success

Partial Success

mutant strawberries and MORE!

mutant strawberries and MORE!

My crib.

My crib.

Pink And Yellow

Pink And Yellow

From my daffodil bed…

From my daffodil bed…

garden centre

garden centre