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Sunday, 2 October 2011

Bugs feeding on my cabbage!


This terribly looking cabbage is all eaten up by a bug! Usually, white cabbage butterfly caterpillars or slugs and snails are the guilty one for the crime. But, to my great surprise, I noticed the Firebugs!


The Firebug, Pyrrhocoris apterus, is a common insect of the family Pyrrhocoridae. I remember them as a child forming dense aggregations in the spring, prior to mating. They usually aggregated under the lime trees in my street. But, I never saw them eating the cabbage!



10 comments:

  1. I thought they ate seeds. We don't seem to have them in our parts but we once saw plenty in the garden of a cottage we were renting in France. They were nicknamed Gendarmes!

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  2. Yes, they should to eat lime and other seeds but as you see, they nibble my cabbage too.

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  3. Moje cure ove bube zovu "bube šparice":)
    Šta su napravile listovima, strašno!
    Prave štetočine!

    Veliki pozdrav ti šaljem:)

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  4. Prave štetočine,nama su pojele listove hrena,i morala sam ga ošišati,ali se opravio,a na kelju pupčaru nema pomoći:)

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  5. They are so beautiful. It's a shame they are pests.
    As Sue says, I don't think we have these in the UK. I've certainly never seen any.

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  6. Looks like a pretty serious infestation of fire beetles. How do you control them? Do they get inside of the cabbage?

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  7. Mark, they certainly live in UK too but, as you have said, you haven't seen them. They are not supposed to be in the garden anyway.

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  8. I am glad to say we don't get the firebug in this part of Scotland, I think they look quite sinister.

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  9. Gardening and protecting our goods is a difficult job. So many pests seem to go for cabbage too. What will you do about your pest? Maybe pick them off? Good luck, hope they don't eat through the whole plant.

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  10. I have already picked up the most of my crop and will do nothing about these bugs. I think, they are here only by chance. This is the very first time I sow them in the garden.

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