Which of the following are friends (beneficial insects) and which are foes (pests – destructive or otherwise problematic insects) to have in the garden (Central Florida, to be specific)? Can you help me name these and determine what to do with them, if anything?
[Update: thanks to Lyle J Buss at the University of Florida’s Insect Identification Laboratory, I’ve got ID’s for all but #4!]
1. Aphids (pest). I already sprayed this plant once with insecticidal soap because there were so many. Luckily the lady bugs / lady beetles have started to move in now.
2. Long legged fly (beneficial)
3. Fire ant (pest). I’m putting this guy as a pest because he and his buddies have been shepherding aphids in my garden.
4. Unknown fly
Unknown fly Fruit fly, family Tephritidae
Unknown fly or wasp A parasitic wasp, probably Braconidae
Unknown insect Springtails, Order Collembola
Unknown insect Probably a seed bug, family Lygaeidae
Last night I harvested my one edamame plant from this spring gardening season. This is the first time I’ve planted edible soybeans, and I’m very happy with the results. It was not a fussy plant, did well in my poor soil, and had pretty little purple flowers. It did get attacked by what I think were thrips, though I don’t know how much they affected its productivity. These photos show the harvest from one plant. I love that all of this came from one seed!
I swear the bugs know it’s May and just love to come out this month. I’m not sure if these are thrips. Can anyone tell by this photo? There’s damage on the undersides of my soybean leaves. How much of a problem is this? I’m trying to go as organic as possible. If I do need to get rid of them, what techniques have you had the most success with here in Florida?