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Offline Grub

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Pest friends or foes
« on: November 25, 2015, 09:33:41 AM »
Anyone have a good site or chart with clear pictures of common Australian pests and beneficials? I realised recently I'd been killing ladybug larvae because they looked scary. I wonder what else I've been killing because I don't know what it is (at least I know what a lacewing looks like now).
Cool region, Canberra. Courtyard and balcony gardener.
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Offline susan

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Re: Pest friends or foes
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2015, 12:36:50 PM »


Offline Grub

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Re: Pest friends or foes
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2015, 03:46:04 PM »
Cool. I spotted a lacewing on my lettuce today. Kind of a cute little critter really. I have to be careful not to hurt them.
Cool region, Canberra. Courtyard and balcony gardener.
http://actgarden.blogspot.com/

Offline susan

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Re: Pest friends or foes
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2015, 05:22:16 PM »
hope those links helped a bit then  ??++

Offline Grub

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Re: Pest friends or foes
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2015, 04:02:41 PM »
I'm noticing quite a few ladybirds around now which is encouraging. Not seeing that many aphids anymore. I'll have to think about spraying now, only the things infected with whitefly if needed. I have a very cute native bee of some kind which is particularly enamoured of the cucumber flowers, and have seen the blue banded bee a few fleeting times.

I've also noticed a few of this beetle around, I haven't been able to ID it. Any ideas? It's ladybird shaped, but only about half the size of one.
Cool region, Canberra. Courtyard and balcony gardener.
http://actgarden.blogspot.com/

Offline Grub

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Re: Pest friends or foes
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2015, 05:44:27 PM »
Cool region, Canberra. Courtyard and balcony gardener.
http://actgarden.blogspot.com/

Offline littlegarden

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Re: Pest friends or foes
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2015, 07:22:10 PM »
A case moth ... So that's what those weird cocoons are!  Great link thanks.

Offline Dave

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Re: Pest friends or foes
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2015, 08:41:38 PM »
lots of types of ladybirds out there, including some that are bad for your plants. It's a big world down there in miniature.

Offline susan

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Re: Pest friends or foes
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2015, 11:33:57 PM »
yep 28 spotted lady bird isnt a friend, http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1920251.htm

love the case moth cocoons

Offline Grub

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Re: Pest friends or foes
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2015, 04:04:39 PM »
Bug ID? These are everywhere in my garden, and in many cases there are two mating.

Pest or predator? Their behaviour suggests predator as they seem to crawl around a lot and don't appear to be sap sucking.
Cool region, Canberra. Courtyard and balcony gardener.
http://actgarden.blogspot.com/

Offline DrSmurto

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Re: Pest friends or foes
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2016, 08:56:07 AM »
Found these on a tomato plant. Ladybirds?


Offline DrSmurto

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Re: Pest friends or foes
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2017, 11:33:26 PM »
Pittosporum bugs/beetles? on a pumpkin flower. Spent hours trying to figure out what this bug is and this is my best guess.


Offline DrSmurto

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Re: Pest friends or foes
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2017, 01:01:00 PM »
Here's a better pic.