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Pretty pollinators

Posted by Heather Maughan on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, In : Garden 
When the lettuce bolts, the dill springs fluffy flowers, and the cilantro decides to become coriander, I sit by the plants staring and waiting.  I am sure the passersby think I've lost my mind.  But look at these lovely rewards!

A Braconid wasp (on coriander):

A European paper wasp, Polistes dominulus (on coriander):

Some type of sand wasp (?), on dill:

And our friend Apis mellifera, her collecting baskets loaded with pink pollen (on coriander):

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Acalymma vittatum

Posted by Heather Maughan on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, In : Garden 
The striped cucumber beetles have found a lovely new home: my squashes, melons, and cucumbers.  There must be thousands of them making whoopie on my several rows of curcurbits.  My strategy so far has been hand picking, followed by smashing or dropping in water with dish soap.  But I'm losing the battle.  I think a portable hand vacuum should level the playing field.....

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