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predator insects of garden

I am not an expert by any means but I give advise from my own experiences, about garden pests and how I control them, and ultimately my passsion for gardening.

As you all know that it is true the insects and all other animals are created to keep nature balanced and environment clean and healthy. I do not use any kind of pesticides ☠️to control our garden pests, I leave this job for natural predator🕷 insects which control them very efficiently without harming our plants and spreading toxins in the ground which could cause harm to beneficial insects 🐝 🐞 as well as our plants 🌱.

So let me tell you about the insects I have seen in our garden eliminating the plant pests.

There are many different predator insects but I would like to talk about three very common predators which we see everyday and most of us ignore them, because many people don’t know how important and useful predators they are 😊.

WASPS

This is the most amazing predator insect I have ever found in our garden. This predator preys on all kinds of garden insects such as Aphids, Sawfly Caterpillars and specially Buxus Box Moth tree caterpillars 🐛. I have filmed wasps while eating Buxus caterpillars in our garden.

Here I would like to talk about two types of wasps which are very similar to each other and are very common in all gardens. These wasps are known as COMMON WASPS and GERMAN WASPS.

These wasps eat almost everything like fruits, nectar from flowers, honey dew, various insects and also liking our cat’s food.

However, so far in the videos that I have filmed, I have found only the GERMAN WASPS were eating Buxus caterpillars on the Buxus plants and they have saved two Buxus plants out of four from this type of caterpillar. COMMON WASPS had been seen eating mostly fruits, nectar and honeydews from flowers as yet.

I always encourage them in our garden in order to keep harmful garden insects under control and to keep our plants safe from pests. But, I also keep an eye on these wasps to keep them at a minimum otherwise they build their nests and create their colonies in the garden which could be dangerous for good insects as well as a nuisance to ourselves. So, whenever I see any wasps hovering around walls and wood, I try to spray water on to the surfaces to not let them choose these areas to live. So, they just come for their prey and leave.

They active in our garden in Spring through out Autumn or just before the winter starts.

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SPIDERS

This predator is another amazing creature in gardens. As I try to control pests in our garden I found that this species of Spiders are also a natural pests controllers.

This spider is very common in gardens. It is commonly known as ORB WEB SPIDER because of it’s very advanced orb webs to catch flying insects. This spider is in such abundance in our garden that as soon as I enter our back garden it’s webs sticks to my face 🤣. So, now I always keep a stick with me swinging it in the air while entering the garden to break their webs to save myself 🤣.

Naturally, they prey on everything that is trapped in their web. So, in order to keep other beneficial garden insects specially pollinator insects safe, I always try to break their webs on the flower plants where the pollinator insects feed on. Otherwise I leave them alone and let them hunt other predators and harmful insects.

I do not destroy the webs instead I twine them around a tennis racket shaped fly swatter that I made of vines.

I found it’s webbing useful for us, which I use myself to catch flies and mosquitoes inside our house as well as in the garden. It is much more efficient than fly swatter.

I saw one spider wrapping a wasp in it’s web to eat. Another time, a different spider was looking at a wasp which was tangled in it’s web and waiting for the wasp to die so later the spider could have it’s feast.

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LADYBIRD LARVAE

L adybird 🐞 Larvae is an amazing predator insect. There are various different species of ladybird larvae and they all feed on Aphids of all types. I normally find them hidden on and under the leaves and stems on plants specially on Roses, Chamomile and Raspberry plants.

Last year 2019 I was very pleased to see lots of Ladybird Larvae in our garden. They were everywhere so I had to be very careful while I was pruning our plants.

I filmed couple of Ladybird Larvae eating green and black Aphids on top of garden recycle bin where I had thrown some plant cuttings. It seemed like they had escaped from the bin with the Aphids and eating them. Since then I try to be careful when throwing away plant cuttings. They eat slowly but do a necessary job.

I haven’t seen any adult 🐞 Ladybirds eating Aphids as yet. But I saw them eating honeydew on the leaves left by Aphids.I see them active in our garden in Spring until the end of Summer.

I tried to find out the species of this particular Larvae from different resources and learnt that this type of Ladybird Larvae is so called HARLIQUIN LADYBIRD LARVAE and also learnt from these resources that this species is very invasive and apart from eating Aphids they feed on other native Ladybird Larvae as well.

It has been stated not to harm any Ladybird Larvae because wether they are a native species or invasive, they are still important predators in our gardens.

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What is destroying my Box Buxus plant

Does your  Box ( Buxus ) Plant looks like in this image?

topiary attaked by buxux caterpillar
EATEN LEAVES BOX BUXUS

Covered with Webbing and leaves are eaten of the Topiary/ Box (Buxus ) plant means that your plant has been attacked by BOX TREE CATERPILLAR ( Cydalima perspectalis ).

box tree caterpillar

This Caterpillar is the larvae of a moth and it feeds on Box ( Buxus ) plants. If this caterpillar not controlled immediately then it will completely defoliate your box plants like in this image below.

completley defoliated topiary
DEFOLIATED BOX BUXUS PLANT

The more your plant is damaged the more caterpillars are present, so that could be up to hundred in one box plant as I personally collected and counted approximately 51 Box tree caterpillars as in images below.

many box caterpillar
MANY BOX BUXUS CATERPILLAR ATTACKED
box tree caterpillar in tray
ELIMINATED BUXUS CATERPILLARS

How to eliminate Box Tree Caterpillar?

Best way is to remove them by hand as I do and the rest leave it to the natural predators insects such as the common Wasps which I found the most  incredible predator which eats all the plants eater insects. I actually filmed it eating caterpillar, CLICK HERE to watch video. I also upload this video on my twitter @inspiringhobby.

wasps attacked box tree caterpillar
WASP EATING BUXUS CATERPILLAR
german wasp
WASP EATING BUXUS CATERPILLAR

Hampton Court Flower Show year 2018

Hampton Court Flower Show 2018

Hampton Court RHS Flower Show is a wonderful place for day out with family and friends. My wife and I visited there couple of days ago. It was the most beautiful RHS spectacular Flower Show. It was very hot that day but we had a wonderful time. There were many beautiful amazing flowers, plants and award winning Garden on display. We bought some plants and garden accessories from there and their price were reasonable. There were  also many food stalls, restaurant and garden accessories, clothes and tools stalls which meant we spent too much money! It was well organised and also had First Aid Camps and place where you can get water free. The Car Park wasn’t too far but did not have clear signage that took us around 15-20 minutes to find it.

Well, I have taken some pictures of the  flower and Garden Displays. I couldn’t take the pictures of all the Garden Displays because there were too many people, very excited and anxiously wondering around everywhere hoping that I couldn’t get a better view to take pictures but eventually I managed.

I took some pictures also  in Ascot Spring Garden Show  we visited in April if you would like to see them.

RHS HAMPTON COURT FLOWER SHOW 2018 IMAGE GALLERY.

Pretty but Lethal insect

Rosemary Beetle

rosemary beetle
ROSEMARY BEETLE

This insect is green metallic colour with purple stripes. I saw this first time in our garden sitting on Lavender flower, they were three of them. It looked very pretty but if they are large in numbers then they can cause some serious damages to plants.

It is first time I saw this Beetle in our garden. I did not bother to do anything about it, because it looked pretty and harmless. Later, I checked on internet to find out what they are called.

So, I learnt that this Beetle is called Rosemary Beetle and it is harmful to aromatic plants such as Lavender, Thymes, Rosemary and other plants like these. This Beetle spread very fast and if they are too many in numbers then they can seriously harm the plants. Rosemary Beetle and its Larvae both feed on foliage and flowers of aromatic plants. So I quickly ran back to our garden and frantically started searching for them, eliminate them before they cause serious damage to our plants. Read more

Lethal insect for plants

This is a Grub of Vine Weevil

I gave some informations about Vine Weevil Beetle on my previous post. I did not have its Grub’s picture at that time. Finally, I have found some Grubs in one of our pot which contained Lilly bulbs. This plant wasn’t doing very well and it was dying because of the Grubs eating the bulbs. I treated this plant with Nematodes but it was already too late and the damage was done. Still, most of the grubs had been killed by Nematodes. I found only six grubs in the pot , two were alive and four were dead.

Read more to identify these grubs and to eliminate.

More Plants bugs arrived

Vine Weevil are out and about. Protect your potted plants !

Vine Weelvil are insects which eat plants leaves and its Grubs eat plant’s roots which kill the plants. I have caught them eating my plant’s leaves in our garden. I have killed them instantly. They already have damaged our all Lilly plants which are planted on pots. I had been investigating for two weeks that what was eating the leaves of  our Lilly, and finally I caught them yesterday. Must act now, protect your plants. What is Vine Weelvil and how to eliminate them ?