Tuesday, July 18, 2006

is this a japanese beetle on my nasturtium?

this bugger is gone now. and no signs of others like him. and no signs of damage to any leaves or stems. he was alone and not mating (thank heavens). knock on wood......i have been blessed (so far) with few bad bugs. maybe it's because my garden is so tiny in comparison to other's, maybe it's because i have attracted some beneficial insects, maybe it's because i have beneficial plants, such as nasturtiums to lure bugs away. maybe it's because i have weeds that are turning out to be somewhat beneficial too luring bugs away.
maybe it's because it's so dang hot that if i were a bug i would follow my dog's lead and find some cold concrete to lie on instead.

6 comments:

steven said...

nope, not a Japanese Bettle. You're safe for now.

Christa said...

Definitely not a Japanese Beetle, but not sure what it is.

Anonymous said...

Is it clear around the edges? It could be a tortoise beetle - I know they can do a number on tomatoes but I'm not sure about nasturtiums.

snappy said...

its been really hot here, and i have been hiding in the shade.I have a few bugs here too, but my main enemy seems to have abated.Slug damage is hardly noticable now.I have two bird feeders so i hope they are clearing the slow slugs with daylight bombing raids!

steven said...

Have you abandoned blogging Rachelle? I just wanted to let you know I picked cherry tomatoes today!

rachelle said...

very happy for you and sad for me. mine are large cherry to they may take longer and yes, they are still green. well, i have ONE that is tinged with this orange/green color. the good news is the green zebras are looking fab.