Thursday, June 10, 2010

Attracting tiny predators and squashing bugs

I'm doing my best to attract beneficial (i.e., predatory) insects to the garden by planting flowers like yarrow, which is also quite pretty. I guess the tiny predators like tiny flowers. I see tons (probably hover flies but hopefully some predatory wasps too) flying away when I walk by, so I think it's working.I think the birds help too, but even birds don't eat the harlequin bug (in blurry picture below, on a cauliflower). It concentrates chemicals from the cabbage family plants it prefers to make itself taste bad. This one got squashed. I read roly polies eat the eggs, and there are plenty of those so I hope they are eating them!

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