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Offline crazyk

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Critters
« on: February 22, 2017, 08:55:47 PM »
Can someone advise if these critters are beneficial to my garden?

They are all over my long beans.






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Offline Templeton

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Re: Critters
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2017, 09:53:10 PM »
looks like you have spider mites tho - not the black bugs you can see,the tiny pale spots on the leaves - check with a magnifier under the leaves.
the black bugs could be mite predators... but someone else will know more


Offline Grub

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Re: Critters
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2017, 11:11:27 PM »
Look like harlequin bugs nymphs to me. I have had them on my chilli plants before but never a big infestation. They are a sap sucking pest, I think they are related to shield bugs.

Yes, as Templeton said that mottled effect are most likely spider mites. I have a tiny black ladybug which is eating mine, although they are still causing damage it is slowing them down a lot, certainly enough for me to get a decent bean harvest and likely keeping them from infesting my eggplants too badly as well.
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Offline crazyk

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Re: Critters
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2017, 08:54:01 PM »
Yeah the leaves are hammered by those little spots. The black things resemble black lady bugs.

Is it worth spraying with Eco oil? My eggplant leaves also have a bit of the condition but not as much as the beans.




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Offline Templeton

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Re: Critters
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2017, 12:09:43 PM »
I haven't had a huge amount of luck with sprays, but eco oil is probably not a bad idea for the mites. Getting it to stick on them is the problem, they develop webby 'nests' to live under.
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Offline crazyk

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Re: Critters
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2017, 07:44:34 AM »
So I found another little critter climbing around on my beans.

Can you see it? It's on the bean





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Offline bender

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Re: Critters
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2017, 10:12:02 AM »
Looks like a baby preying mantis. These are good guys as they eat other bad insects.


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Offline Troppo

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Re: Critters
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2017, 04:01:18 PM »
Looks more like a Green Vegie Bug
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Offline crazyk

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Re: Critters
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2017, 08:28:40 PM »
Thanks guys. Next time I'll leave them be


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Offline Templeton

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Re: Critters
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2017, 08:59:06 AM »
not if it's a green vege bug. destroy them at the first opportunity.
They are easy to squash.
But check first :)
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