Monday, 22 June 2009

Beetlemania

I have a number of unidentified insects and bugs in my potager and I have no idea which are goodies and which are baddies (apart from the tiny little jumping black insects which I know are munching my rocket and turnips). A couple of the beetle-type insects are really beautiful;Anybody got any ideas? The black and tan one is tiny, 3 or 4mm long. The beautiful red, black and white one is larger, maybe 6mm long.

Update - we have just discovered that the red one is the cabbage bug, Eurydema ornatum. Looks like we will have our work cut out controlling that one!

Update no. 2 - the main culprit appears to be the Flea Beetle, which, as its name suggests, is a tiny black jumping beetle which chews tiny holes in the young leaves. Fortunately, there are some home remedies that may help to alleviate their rampage, so I will be on to them forthwith!

4 comments:

Lee said...

First one is Eurydema Dominulus a type of shield bug - eats brassicas - PEST.

Second one is a turnip flea (beetle) another brassica eater, muches loads of tiny holes in seedling leaves - PEST.

penny said...

Bastards :-( I have been out with the 'savon noir' in an attempt to control the blighters, but looks like it will be an uphill struggle!

Pedalling Polarcherry said...

i love beetles, why not grow something as a decoy for all your creepy crawlies to eat :)

Lee said...

Mmmm good idea...plant cannabis, cocaine, opium or tobacco. They'll keep coming back for more.