p1010027-tm.jpgThis year I am resolved to note and identify the insects I find in the garden. My neighbor tells me that this caterpillar, found on my dill, is destined to become a monarch butterfly.

I have an enormous debt of gratitude to my friend the
braconid wasp, who last year rendered the evil tomato fruitworm ineffective and allowed my tomato crop to thrive. I hope to post picture of a fruitworm this summer that has wasp cocoons along its back. I also found this colorado potato beetle (bottom, left) on my eggplant. I “eliminated” it, along with some slugs I found. I feel a bit bad about having to do that, but then I don’t like having my crops eaten before I have a chance to eat them myself.
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