[Market-farming] Leaf-footed bugs and a request

Shawnee Flowerfarmer farmingflowers at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 24 21:44:07 EDT 2008

Steve, Allan, and Alison...
This is why I LOVE this list serve.  These observations are clever, and I will certainly follow up with my own.  I would rather take my chances with the various fungi problems from enthusiastic watering if that bugs the bug.  
Now a request for observations/experience with the funky earwig.  I am hearing all sorts of nonsense from customers about earwig problems...I mainly notice the insect to be an opportunist and that apart from occasional damage to a few ornamental flowers, he gets implicated by his presence on the scene of destruction.  But  some customers are contracting exterminators, spraying bad chemicals, freaking out.  Anybody got any good science on what you see out there?
Shawnee, zone 5, and as of today, the Japanese beetles are 10 days late in appearing here..> From: wiediger at windstream.net> To: steved at ipa.net; market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org> Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 05:43:11 -0500> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Leaf-footed bugs> > I've noticed this when I water squash transplants - the squash bugs come to> the top of the plants. Interesting behavior - wonder if it is common to> true bugs?> > Alison Wiediger, Au Naturel Farm> > -----Original Message-----> From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org> [mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Steve Diver> Sent: Sunday, June 22, 2008 11:04 PM> To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Leaf-footed bugs> > Thanks, Shawnee > > Yeah the true bugs are among the harder to control;> they are built like tanks.> > When the leaf-footed bug feeds on tomato fruits they > look awful. A market farmer would really have to> be on their toes. > > By happenchance I've come across a cultural observation.> Being a horticulturist who's seen plenty of plant> diseases on tomatoes and cukes, I avoid splashing water > on plants in the evening.> > But DW is a "mister". She loves to mist the plants in> late afternoon / evening and says the plants are telling> her that's what they need. > > One recent evening she hosed down the tomato jungle. > Soon after I noticed a number of leaf-footed bugs had > crawled to the top of the plants where they were sitting > on upper leaves and bamboo stakes. So they were easy to > spot and pick off.> > So I tried it again this evening and sprayed down the > tomato plants with a hose shower. Sure enough, pretty> soon the leaf-footed bugs were sitting on leaves at > top of the plants..... so easy to pick off. > > Steve Diver> Central Texas> .... with 15 record breaking hot days in May-June 2008> > > > > > > > _______________________________________________> Market-farming mailing list> Market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org> http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/market-farming> > _______________________________________________> Market-farming mailing list> Market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org> http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/market-farming> 
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