Category: Chicago bugs

Natural Slug Control at Chicago Garden

One of the downsides of all the recent rain we’ve been experiencing are the pests and diseases that thrive in these damp garden conditions. One such pest is the common brown or gray garden slug. These are a type of mollusk related to clams and oysters and the damage they do in a garden is... Read more »

Butterfly Gardening

Gardening for butterflies is a lot different than gardening to attract bees to your garden in Chicago. Butterflies need two kinds of plants; host plants that butterflies can lay eggs on and the caterpillars can eat on and nectar plants that butterflies can feed upon. To be honest, I never set out to attract butterflies... Read more »

Leaf Miner Foliage Damage

Have you noticed damage to some leaves in your garden that looks like squiggly lines or a road map? The damaged leaves are the signs that you plant is being attacked by a leaf miner. Leaf miner is a term used to describe the larvae of several insects that feed on a plant’s leaf tissue.... Read more »
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Rooftop Beekeeping in Chicago: The Confluence of Culture and Nature

I was fortunate enough to be allowed to sit in on this lecture with Michael Thompson, of the Chicago Honey Co-Op, and Dr. Alan Molumby, of UIC. The lecture was presented by The School of the Chicago Botanic Garden & the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs at the Chicago Cultural Center. Part of it was suppose... Read more »

Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles emerge in late June in Illinois after over-wintering in the ground below the frost line as grubs. In the spring they move upwards feeding on the roots of your lawn and by the summer they are fully grown adults. When they emerge as adults, Japanese beetles feed on the leaves and flowers of... Read more »

Spotted Cucumber Beetle

One garden pest I expect to see more of in my garden this year is the spotted cucumber beetle. This bug with the yellow body and black spots looks harmless but it is a bug you don’t want to see in your garden if you are one of the millions of Americans expected to jump... Read more »
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Nasturtium the "nose-twister"

Nasturtium, which translates literally to “nose-twister,” is the common name of a popular ornamental garden plant with intense flower colors and round lily pad-like leaves. I don’t find the flower or plant smell to be unpleasant at all. Besides being an attractive ornamental garden plant all parts of the plant are edible and supposedly repellent... Read more »

Ladybugs in your garden

Anyone who has made it out of the 8th grade should be able to recognize this bug. For those who didn’t make it out of the 8th grade, this is an adult ladybug. I took this photo in my garden a couple of years ago. I spend a lot of my time hunting down insects... Read more »