There is the good to be seen…
Thank you, Master Gardener Volunteer, Susan Bruns for capturing these stunning photos of a nectaring Red-Spotted Purple in the Teaching Garden this week. Notice how the underwings show off the red spots?
and the BAD to stay away from . . .
Teaching Garden Supervisor, Leslie Paulson, got a painful surprise when reaching into the garden to pull a weed and got stung by this Saddleback Caterpillar.
and the BAD to look out for . . .
Found in the Teaching Garden on cleome plant (acting as a “trap plant”) located near the Cook’s Garden, Leslie found an active colony of harlequin bugs. Eggs of the harlequin bug resemble tiny white kegs standing on end in a double row. The adults are gaudy red-and-black-spotted stink bugs about 9.5 mm long, with flat, shield-shaped bodies. At rest, the front pair of wings overlap and the insect’s back appears to be marked with a distinct X. Hand pick and destroy the eggs, larva and adults.
and in the Cook’s Garden . . .
Enjoy your Labor Day holiday weekend. Safe travels!