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Butterfly Eggs

Identifying Insect Eggs?Identifying insect eggs, whether in your home or garden, can help you decide whether they are harmful or beneficial. This is a page about identifying insect eggs.


A cocoon of an insect.

Identifying Egg Casings or Cocoons?Identifying what kind of insect is about to hatch in your yard can be hard to determine. There are many fascinating cocoons to be investigated.


Small half circles cut into longan leaves by leaf cutter bees.

Half Circles in Longan LeavesHave you ever seen perfectly half circles bitten into your plant/trees leaves? I was so shocked but with a little research I found out leaf cutting bees made this art work. These leaf cutting bees won't do any harm to the leaves or plant/tree, but uses the collected leaves to make nest for their young ones. I found it very interesting and had to share!


White larvae in a potted plant.

What Are These in My Potted Flowers?What are these in my potted flowers? They are more brownish color, the flash made them look whiter. Also what's the best way to get rid of them?


A black widow spider in the garden.

Black Widow (Latrodectus) Spider PhotosThe female black widow spider is easily recognizable by the hourglass marking on her abdomen. The males are often lighter in color and exhibit a series of red spots on their abdomen rather than the hourglass shape. This page contains photos of black widow spiders.


A ladybug on a brown leaf.

Allowing Ladybird Beetles to Hibernate for Winter?If you are lucky enough to have some ladybird beetles, aka lady bugs, decide to overwinter in your home this page contains some very helpful tips for making them welcome.


Identifying Insect Eggs - rows of eggs on a piece of wood

Identifying Insect Eggs?Found these eggs on a piece of sleeper wood lying in the yard. Anyone know what they might be? When rubbing one a turquoise colour liquid came out. The eggs are copper metallic in colour.


Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly PhotosSpicebush swallowtail, or Papilio troilus, are mostly in the Eastern US, with some venturing to the Midwest area. These large butterflies have black upper wings. The lower wings are beautiful with distinctive markings. This page contains spicebush swallowtail photos.


Spiny oakworm moth caterpillar

Spiny Oakworm Moth Information?The spiny oakworm moth, or anisota stigma is large, rusty brown in color. They feed on oaks and other trees but any damage is generally cosmetic. This page contains information about the spiny oakworm moth.


Monarch butterfly on a flower

How Gardeners Can Help Monarch ButterfliesBeautiful orange and black Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed as a home for their larvae. This is a page about how gardeners can help Monarch butterflies.


Man Holding Cicada

Cicada Photos and InformationMany of us are familiar with the distinctive sound of the cicada. Some varieties can live underground for up to 17 years feeding on roots. This page contains cicada photos and information.


Two garden ants on a rock.

Identifying Garden AntsThis is a page about identifying garden ants. There are reportedly over 12,000 species of ants. Some of them are actually beneficial to your garden.



damage to chard leaf

Leaf Miner Beetle Damage to Garden...This is a page about leaf miner beetle damage to garden vegetables. The leaf miner larva can do noticeable damage to your leafy green garden veggies.


wasp on bright green foliage

Wasp and Hornet PhotosThis is a page about wasp and hornet photos. Despite their negative reputation, wasps and hornets can be quite beautiful and make an excellent photo subject.


Harlequin Bug

Garden Insects: Harlequin BugsThis is a page about garden insects: harlequin bugs. These beetles cause plants to wilt, turn brown and die by literally "sucking the juices right out of them."


A grasshopper in the garden.

Photos of Garden InsectsIf you have a garden you probably have a lot of insects. This page contains photos of garden insects.


Honeybee on a strawberry blossom.

Honeybee Information and PhotosThis page contains honeybee information and photos. Bees are a very important insect for the pollination of all kinds of flowers.


Bumblebee on a flower.

Bumblebee Information and PhotosThis page contains bumblebee information and photos. These flying insects are very valuable in the garden as they help pollinate many kinds of flowers.


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Information and...This is a page about eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly information and photos. The most common swallowtail east of the Mississippi, the eastern tiger swallowtail is noted for its tiger stripe markings.


Bee Hive Photos

Bee Hive PhotosThis page contains bee hive photos. Although most of us don't want to find a bee hive too close to our home, the hives can be very interesting to photograph.


Monarch Butterfly on Flower

Monarch Butterfly PhotosThis page contains Monarch butterfly photos. These beautiful black and orange butterflies are possibly the best known North American species.


Closeup of Hummingbird Moth by a Purple Flower

Hummingbird Moth PhotosThis page contains hummingbird moth photos. On first glance you might mistake this nectar sipping moth for a baby hummingbird, except for the antennae.


Swallowtail Butterfly

Swallowtail Butterfly Information and PhotosThis is a page about Swallowtail Butterflies - Information and Photos. The swallowtail is a common garden visitor.


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Identifying Black Hairy Caterpillars?I have hundreds of black hairy caterpillars all over my yard. How do I find out what kind they are?


Blue Marine butterfly landed on a geranium bud

Wildlife: A Blue Marine ButterflyThe Blue Marine is a small butterfly that flits about our back garden and enjoys landing on the geranium lavender plants. It is quite small, about the size of your thumbnail.


Lady Bug on a Green Leaf

Identifying Beneficial Garden InsectsThis is a page about identifying beneficial garden insects. With the multitude of bugs flying and crawling around your garden, it can be difficult to know which are best to have near or on your plants. Knowing which insects to keep can be very helpful.


Bee on a red and yellow flower

Garden: My Little Garden Friend (Robinson, IL)I was doing some weeding last year, and came across this busy little honeybee. I watched him for quite a while. It made my day!



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Is Arnold's Grub Killer Safe Around Birds and Pets?I have Arnold grub killer here, what about the birds and my little dog? Having poisoned soil sounds horrible, what a worry!


A black and yellow argiope spider.

Black and Yellow Argiope (Garden Spider)This "beautiful" specimen was hanging outside our living room window. This is as close as I wanted to get! I had never seen this type of web either, the zigzag pattern.


closeup of bumble bee

Bumble Bee On FlowerA close up pic of a bumble bee on my bee balm flowers. He was so busy collecting pollen he didn't notice me, I didn't get stung anyway!


Wildlife: Cucumber BeetleI couldn't help but notice that this tiny bug resembled that of the place he was "nesting", the flower. The similarities seems to match perfectly and I knew, instantly, that I must document the phenomenon.


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When Do Grasshoppers Chirp?Do grasshoppers chirp in the day or night?


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Copper Colored Bug with White "Flowers" All Over?I do not have a picture of it, but at work I came across a beautiful bug, went to lots of identify a bug sites, but there are zillions. Wondered if I describe it maybe someone will know, or maybe saw one before.


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Pests That Attack Sunflowers?I am a very amateur gardener, and I decided to take a stab at growing sunflowers. My only problem is there are these tiny yellow-black larvae-worms that are tunneling in the leaves of my sunflowers and eating the leaves from the inside out.


Butterfly and MarigoldsI snapped this little guy checking out my flowers on the deck, a sure sign of spring in this area!


A large argiope spider on a wood fence.

Argiope ~ The Writing SpiderWe, and most of our neighbors, had gardens. They were always home to several writing spiders. With this spider being very active during the day, it was not uncommon to encounter a few during any visit to the garden.


Busy Butterfly (Monarch Butterfly) - butterfly on flower

Busy Butterfly (Monarch Butterfly)I came across this beautiful Monarch butterfly on an early morning walk this September. Intensely feeding on nectar, and pollinating the flower, he did not seem to notice me at all! Quietly, I leaned in closer and closer until I captured him on film. Then I left him unbothered and continued on.


How Honeybees Make Honey

How Honeybees Make HoneyWithout these remarkable insects, as many as two-thirds of the plant species in the world' and roughly a third of the average U.S. diet 'would simply disappear.


Know Your Beneficial Insects - lady bug larva

Know Your Beneficial InsectsMost of us know ladybugs are just one of a group of insects that are beneficial to the garden. But what about the ladybug in other than the adult stage? I discovered something very interesting.


How Gardeners Can Help Monarch Butterflies

How Gardeners Can Help Monarch ButterfliesMonarch butterfly populations are in trouble. Each fall, hundreds of millions of them migrate from the United Stated and Canada to the mountains in Mexico where they wait out the winter. Each spring, they make the long trip back in order to breed.


A large cicada being carefully held by a finger and thumb, outside.

A Bug Named Katy (Cicada)When I was a child, I lived in a small village. All the houses were alike except some were three rooms, some four, and some five. Small and very small homes. Large and very large families. There were two or three homes without children, but for the most part, there were more children than you could shake a stick at. One lady bore seventeen children, and would you believe, there was only one girl in the whole lot.


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Identifying Insect Eggs Found on Wood Deck?

Identifying Insect Eggs Found on Wood Deck?Yesterday I saw about 30 of these on the railing of my wood deck. At first I thought they were ants carrying crumbs, but after looking closer I only see a small black dot on the bottom. They seemed to be wiggling some. Today I found even more on the back deck and some on my wood front railing. I am not sure what they are or where they came from!


Identifying Insect Eggs on a Papaya Tree? - scattering of small white insect eggs

Identifying Insect Eggs on a Papaya Tree?I just found these eggs on my papaya tree and don't know what they are. Do they look familiar to anybody?


Identifying Egg Cluster on Corn Leaf? - small cluster of white insect eggs

Identifying Egg Cluster on Corn Leaf?I found this strange hexagon shaped egg cluster, on the back of one of the leaves on my corn plant. It's about the size of a Japanese beetle. I thought it was the shadow of one, under the leaf, when I first saw it. The eggs almost look like gray tubes with a thick white coating or "glue". It looks pretty solid too. Any clue what they are?



Identifying Small Brown Bugs? - small, long brown segmented bug

Identifying Small Brown Bugs?I found these under my plant stand. They kind of look like really skinny rollie pollies.


What Kind of Eggs are These? - cluster of small yellow eggs on window

What Kind of Eggs are These?I found these on the window to to my backyard. They're outside and I was wondering what kind of eggs they are. They're oblong when looked at from above.


Any Idea What These Eggs Are? - small round yellowish eggs perhaps

Any Idea What These Eggs Are?These look like eggs. They're smaller than a pinhead and I constantly see them on the underside of our umbrella. Sometimes I'll find them on the side of the house after a day or two they turn black, but they start out yellow. Any idea what they are?


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