Australian Flatworm

The Australian Flatworm was first sighted in the British Isles on the Isles of Scilly in 1980. Since then they have been taken to mainland Britain, at first mainly in southern England, but their progression has continued northward and to Ireland where they began their invasion in the southern counties. The specimen pictured here was…

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Leaf Beetle

Leaf beetles come in many colors and sizes, they are usually specific to a few related plants. The ones which I have are Green Dock Leaf Beetles (Gastrophysa viridulametallic) which are rather pretty, but feed on foliage making it very unsightly. They are quite common in grassland areas and perforate the leaves of ornamental dock…

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Insects

Some insects have chewing mouthparts, biting holes in leaves or other plant parts with their jaws; others have a beak which is inserted in plant tissue to suck out the sap, usually resulting in loss of color, sometimes dwarfing and other deformation. Mites belong to the spider family with four pairs of legs; sowbugs have…

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Garden Enemies

More new chemicals will be announced before this book gets into print, but diagnosis remains fundamental. Leafhoppers and red spiders both take the color out of leaves by sucking from the underside. The former are readily controlled by DDT, the latter vastly increased by it. You must know the problem before you can choose the…

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