Sunday, July 22, 2007

Bug Identification Solicitation

We've noticed some strange little bugs in some of our garden's containers. The bugs pictured below are very small, between 1-2 mm. They are great in number, and appear to inhabit the container soil. I have not noticed them in the actual ground itself though. They also appear to have a jumping capability.

We are pretty certain they are not termites, because they have recently (?) taken up residence in a plastic container. Also, a termite inspector came by our house, and Harmony had him look at these critters. They were deemed not to be termites (thank goodness).

Up next is some sort of fly. This is more out of curiosity than anything, because yesterday was the first time I'd seen this bug in the backyard.

In a stroke of luck, just before I posted this post, I happened upon the Wikipedia article for a robber fly. Judging by the long abdominal ovipositor, I think this sort of fly might be what I saw. As the article does not indicate that they are garden pests, I don't think I'll discourage their visits, unless they start biting us.

I apologize for the blurriness of the pictures. I totally forgot about the existence of manual focusing capability on my camera.

P.S. - not that it matters much now, since I already pulled it up, but I was also wondering if someone could identify the following plant for me? I think it was some sort of vine that randomly sprang up close to one of our tomato plants. I did image searches on vines and tried searching for the description of the leaf shape, but I couldn't find anything that looked like this.

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  • Harmony's Mom

    The plant looks a little like a morning glory. I am not good at identifying them without their flowers, but that might be what you have.

  • Headmistress, zookeeper

    I don't think it looks like my morning glories. The leaves on mine don't divide into three parts like that.

    But I can't think what it is.

  • Harmony's Mom

    Could this maybe be the sweet potato-like looking plant I've seen lately in landscaped gardens around town? Not sure what it is but I have been curious what it is. It's very pale green compared to most plants in the gardens.

  • Ron and Ginny

    Hey, maybe that first bug is a flea beetle, which is a horrible pest. Usually they eat the plants full of holes. Was there any damage to the plants where those bugs were?