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Old 06-02-2009, 01:59 PM   #1
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Default The Ugly Bugs are here!

The nasty brown bugs are here already. The stinkbugs aren't far behind.

Does anyone know what it might be? I assumed they're a type of stinkbug, but I really don't know. What I REALLY want to know is how to get rid of them.

They congregate on the sunflower seedheads after the petals are gone. On the brown part that's developing seeds, as well as on the green back of the seedheads.
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:03 PM   #2
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It's probably Leptoglossus phyllopus

leaffooted bug - Leptoglossus phyllopus (Linnaeus)
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:07 PM   #3
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Bingo! You're gooood! Even the nymph matches. Hubby spotted the brown bugs covering the sunflowers, and when I was spraying them with neem oil, he noticed the orange one too. He asked if it was a bad one - I said I don't know - worried about the Ugly Bugs now. ooooops. Guess I need to worry about it too.

Thanks so much
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:13 PM   #4
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Mother Earth News has an article that talks about trap crops. Mother Earth News Magazine

I must say it does NOT sound like a good idea to plant strips of plants to lure them in next to my garden. I will NOT be proud of myself if I plant loads of sunflowers and they decimate my tomatoes by day and rest on the sunflowers at night.

Anyone here who's tried the trap crop method?
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The idea is to plant the trap crops AWAY from your garden, kiddo. So they go after those, not the main menu.
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:35 PM   #6
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OK I like that better. What I was finding online yesterday said to plant a ring around your garden. I didn't like that idea a LOT.
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:17 PM   #7
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You want to put trap crops in a area away from your good stuff. Most of those act like a magnet for most of the pests and is well worth the time to plant.
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Sunflower patch going up. Should attract all the stinkbug types and small children types in the neighborhood.
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I've never seen a stinkbug with a white band like that. You have a way cool stinkbug there biig!
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:50 PM   #10
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Thank you. It took a lot of effort to put the little white belts on them.

I broke out the neem oil, put it in a hand sprayer bottle, added water and there was white clabbered stuff floating on top. Is that normal? I can't imagine how it will get into that sprayer tube if it's floating on top of the liquid. Do I need to throw it out, wash the bottle and try again with bottled water?
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