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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
This insect is eating the larvae of a spotted asparagus beetle. Anyone know what it is?

Defenders of the garden have arrived

At the beginning of the season, I saw aphids on one of my tomato plants. I sprayed them off with my garden hose and contemplated the purchase of some ladybugs.

Ladybugs will eat the aphids in your garden.

I soon looked into other remedies when I found out how expensive ladybugs were to order online because they have to be shipped overnight. They will also move on to the next garden when they have eaten up their food supply.

I made a mixture of vinegar and water to spray the aphids and that took care of the problem.

I also have been removing by hand spotted asparagus beetle and larvae from my asparagus. I prefer to take care of pests in away that won't kill off other insects that are beneficial to my garden. This rule out pesticides.

I am now starting to notice a few ladybugs and some spiders in my garden.

I also saw this insect devouring the larvae of the asparagus beetle. I took a photo of it but was unable to find out what kind of insect it is. Does anyone know anything about this insect?

garden@jg.net

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer) rsalter@jg.net, Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer) agregory@jg.net, Frank Noonan (copy editor) fnoonan@jg.net and Cathie Rowand (photographer) crowand@jg.net.

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