Tag: Good bugs & bad bugs

Container Garden Spider Check

Over the weekend as I was emptying out my container gardens and placing the containers underneath the stairs for the winter I got a few surprises. I know spiders are beneficial insects to have in the garden, but I can’t help be creeped out by spiders. As I was putting the pots away I kept... Read more »

What good are wasps in the Garden?

Today, a local gardener asked me on Twitter: “and really what good are wasps?“ If I had been asked that question a few years ago I wouldn’t have been able to come up with anything positive to say about the wasp. I was stung by one once as a kid and it took one bad... Read more »

Flies That Look Like Bees at Chicago Garden

On the heels of the urban bees in my garden post, I thought I’d share some pictures of flies that look like bees. The fly in the photo above is a syrphid fly. These flies are also known as hover flies, flower flies and bee flies. Here are couple of photos of these bee flies... Read more »

Urban Bees at Chicago Garden

Since attending the urban beekeeping lecture I’ve been paying more attention to the bees in my garden. I’ve noticed there have been less honeybees in my garden this year. Maybe there is something to the whole CCD thing. But the news hasn’t been all bad. With honeybees, for the most part, absent from the garden... Read more »

Garden Bugs at Chicago Garden

Right off the bat I want it to be known that I’m not an entomologist but I’ve managed to identify these few bugs in my garden in Chicago based on Google searches and looking at books. If you find something wrong with an ID of mine, please feel free to speak up and correct me.... Read more »

Butterfly Photography at Chicago Garden

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a professional photographer, but every once in a while I take a photograph in the garden that I like. Last week was a pretty good day for butterfly photography in the garden. I managed to get a couple of photographs of butterflies that I liked. Here... Read more »

Iris Borer Larva

I took advantage of the cool weather yesterday to go some gardening chores I’d put off for a while. One of the things on my agenda was moving a large clump of irises to the other side of the garden. Earlier in the spring I got my first indication that something was wrong with my... Read more »

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 »