Archive for the ‘Insects’ Category

Insect Infestation of a Variegated Agave

Sunday, October 18th, 2020

This morning I noticed that my little variegated agave had some yellowing sections. I first thought it might be the result of too much sun, not enough water, or maybe both.

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

On closer inspection I found an insect infestation.

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

I used a solution of water, alcohol, and Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap to remove the insects with cotton swabs.

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

The agave was placed in a sheltered space in the greenhouse away from other plants.

How did I miss the start of the insect infestation? I have not been venturing out much because of COVID and the lousy air quality from the California wildfires. Not able to care properly for my gardens.

It is not unexpected to have insects, especially spider mites, in my gardens. We haven’t had rain for months. I did miss seasons and those all day rains that can occur in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest.

Agaves Allergic Reaction
Last week I began striping fiber from a dried agave leaf for possible use in a piece. What I found was the fiber was really too thin and that I am allergic to agave. I still have red welts on my arm. Today I tried to wear gloves when working on the little variegated agave, but it was too difficult to access small spaces. After I finished work, I washed my hands throughly several times. So far, no symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Agave Dermatitis UCLA Health


Butterfly–Gulf Fritillary

Sunday, October 4th, 2020

Butterfly


A Little Bit of Yellow

Sunday, August 23rd, 2020

Detail Dietes Flower

Dietes

Aphids on Milkweed Plants
Yellow Aphids

Yellow Aphids


The Gulf Fritillary Butterfly Visited the Garden Again, Today

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

The draw to the garden is the Passiflora.

Passiflora

Wikipedia–Gulf Fritillary

A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar found in the garden in 2019.

Gulf Fritillary caterpillar

Its chrysalis–

Gulf Fritillary chrysalis


Crassula capitella Red Pagoda and Mealybugs

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

Nearly all of my Crassula capitella Red Pagoda have these–

Pagoda Insects

Wikipedia–Mealybug

I cleaned the plants and placed them in the plant hospital in the upstairs bathroom. Plan to give the plants a little time to see if more mealybugs surface. If they do I will dispose of the plants.

Crassula capitella Red Pagoda

The day I brought the Crassula capitella Red Pagoda home in 2018. It is the plant on the right.

The Echeveria Black Knight today–

Echeveria Black Knight


Morning Glory

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

Morning Glory


Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Friday, August 21st, 2020

Attempted to take a photo of a Gulf fritillary butterfly that visited my courtyard garden.

All of the photos were blurry. Wouldn’t pause long enough to see its wing detail.

Gulf Fritillary butterfly

Just as I put my phone in my pocket, it flew around my head and landed on a Passiflora leaf. I put my hand down next to it.

Its antenna stroked my finger. Much cooler than a photo!
It is important to live in the moment, to contemplate something beautiful.


Bromeliads

Monday, August 17th, 2020

June 14, Bromeliads to Move, Callistemon Pruned, Location Too Sunny

Bromeliad

Bromeliads Moved to a Shadier Area

Bromeliad

August 17, Bromeliad Flower

Bromeliad Flower

August 17, Bromeliad With the Addition of a Spider Web

Bromeliad Flower with Spider Web


Caterpillars on a Variegated Brugmansia

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

Worm on Brug

Worm on Brug

Worm on Brug

Worm on Brug

Worm on Brug

Worm on Brug


Thistle and a Bee

Sunday, August 9th, 2020

Dried Thistle

Dried Thistle

August 13, 4 Days Later

Dried Thistle

August 14, 5 Days Later

Dried Thistle

While taking photos of the dried thistle, noticed one busy bee.

Bee on Thistle