Florida Predatory Stink Bug

I was walking up to the front porch this morning and saw this sight… Two things about this made me smile.  First, the orange and black bug is a Florida Predatory Stink Bug – a benenficial.  Second – he was eating a cockroach.  I REALLY dislike...

Spined Soldier Bug

The name alone should give you a clue about this bug.  He has joined forces with the rest of my army in the vegetable garden.  However, he’s very shy and would rather work undercover assignments than be out in the limelight. Being the persistent, obnoxious...

Thick-headed Fly

I’ve seen these flying about my flowers before but never really paid any attention to them.  Today, however, they were all over the flowers of my Dill.  And, since my new project is to identify the bugs in my garden, I grabbed my camera and started shooting....

Beneficial Bugs for the Garden

I’m often asked how I manage the “pests” in my garden. You know, the Squash Bug, Aphids, etc.,  those nuisances that seem to devour a garden overnight. And, trying to stay “organic” in the process is quite a feat. I’m learning.  What I’ve learned most recently is that...

Beneficial Insect: Wheel Bug

One of my favorite classes during my Master Gardener classes, was the lecture on bugs.  It was absolutely fascinating and I would love to take more classes because I know we just barely skimmed the surface. I realized that the insect population in the garden has a...