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Flowers For Beneficial Insects: Coreopsis

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
AKA: Coreopsis sp.
In this flower the yellow center or disc flowers stand out distinctly from the ray flowers, which appear to be attached just below them. Ray f…

Flowers For Beneficial Insects: Cockscomb

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
AKA: Celosia cristata
This flower is an annual, nonnative, herbaceous plant. Blooms with a compacted crested head 2 to 5 inches across on leafy stems that are 12 …

Flowers For Beneficial Insects: Purple Coneflower

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
AKA: Echinacea purpurea
A popular, native perennial with smooth 2- to 5-foot stems and long-lasting, lavender flowers. Flowers occur singly atop the stems and ha…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Yard: Flowers for Beneficial Insects

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Most beneficial insects need to supplement their diets with pollen and nectar. You can attract them to your garden and encourage them to stay and hunt for pests by…

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Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Lady Beetle

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: ladybug, ladybird beetle
Wanted For: Gorging on soft-bodied insects such as aphids, scales, thrips, mealybugs, and spider mites.
Family History: Adults …

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Tachinid Fly

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: feather-legged fly
Wanted For: Attacking unsuspecting caterpillars and beetles.
Family History: Disguised as a hairy housefly, this parasitic insect lay…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Spider

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.

Aliases: orb weaver, crab spider, wolf spider
Wanted For: Trapping and bugnapping a variety of insect pests.
Family History: The most deadly natural enemy of p…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Ground Beetle

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: fiery hunter, snail eater, carabid
Wanted For: Conspiring to eat many soil-dwelling pests such as slugs, snails, cutworms, and root maggots.
Family Hist…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Syrphid Fly

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: hover fly, flower fly
Wanted For: Hunting down aphids, mealybugs, and other pests, and for pollinating plants.
Family History: Adults are known to be im…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Bee

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: honeybee, bumblebee, digger bee
Wanted For: Pollinating the flowers of many ornamental, fruit, and vegetable plants.
Family History: Specially equipped …

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Soldier Beetle

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: leatherwing, cantharid
Wanted For: Attacking and feeding on aphids and other soft-bodied insects.
Family History: Adults feed on pollen and insect pests…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Green Lacewing

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: aphid lion, walking trash pile.
Wanted For: Aggressively devouring aphids, thrips, mealybugs, scales, spider mites, leafhoppers, and insect eggs.
Family…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden

Why You Want These Bugs In Your Garden
Most insects found in your garden don’t harm plants. In fact, 97 percent of the insects you see fall into this category! Such insects are called beneficials because they benefit the garden by pollin…

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Common Diseases of Snap and Lima Beans

Snap and lima beans are very popular crops for both commercial and backyard production in Alabama. A number of common diseases attack these fresh-market beans from both above and below ground.
Root Diseases

Rhizoctonia Root Rot

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Worms on Tomatoes

Scouting and monitoring your garden for pests at least two to three times per week can greatly reduce the damage that is acquired from insects. It is also very helpful to use a 10X hand lens to help identify small insects and insect eggs. K…

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