Pea Moth

Ever opened a pea and found some dirty matter inside? This was most probably the work of the Pea Moth. Pea moth Cydia nigricana are hairy brown moths which seek out peas when they are in bloom and lay eggs on the young pods. The larvae burrow into the immature peas to feed.   On opening […]

Dindymus versicolor – Harlequin Bug

A CHGC member came to an outing armed with images of this rather pretty critter and wanted to know what it was – the answer….. it’s a bad guy, commonly known as Harlequin Bug, Dindymus versicolor and can really wreck havoc on succulent new growth, in this particular case, our member’s broadbeans. Sometimes these insects are […]

Glycphana Stolata – Brown Flower Beetle

Commonly known as the Brown Flower Beetle, Glycyphana stolata is a good guy in that he assist with pollination. I was deadheading my roses this morning and came across this critter on a Seduction rose, so snipped off the flower, shoved it into a plastic bag so identification could be done later. Gave this investigative duty to hubby who […]

Housefly

Housefly Musca domestica The housefly is a fly of the suborder Cyclorrhapha. They are able to move their wings 200 times per second and can fly at the speed of almost 8kms per hour. Some facts about houseflies: Houseflies live on a liquid diet – they tend to live off a diet based on liquids due to […]

Native Australian Bees

There are around 20,000 species of bees – only one of which is the common honeybee. They come in a myriad of colours, only a few species making honey and contrary to common belief, most bees don’t dance and stinging does not necessary mean instant death – some never sting at all, including native Australian […]

Beneficial Predators

Sun Tzu advocated in ‘The Art of War‘ the best line of defence is attack. This adage has not only been proven to be relevant in Eastern and Western military thinking, legal strategy and business tactics etc, but it could also be an effective method in the management of pests in the garden. What is […]

Birds in Our Backyard

Our yard here on the Coffs Coast sees many bird visitors. They are a constant delight to observe. Some are more welcome than others so I guess we need to plant species that attract the birds that we’d most like to see. The following YouTube clip from Brad Walker has quite a few birds that […]

Snail Siesta?

Recently a magazine article intrigued me……. apparently during extended dry periods there are some critters who shut themselves down to survive. This is called aestivation and is a state of dormancy, similar to hibernation characterized by inactivity and a lowered metabolic rate, which is in response to high temperatures and arid conditions. The common snail […]

Brown Lace Lerp

The Brown Lace Lerp is an oval, flat and soft 4mm long critter. Their wings are transparent with a wing-span of 6mm. Brown Lace Lerp feed on Eucalyptus trees. They are a small psyllid that live under a small shell-like cover called a Lerp.  Adults appear in summer and lay batches of 50-100 eggs. Eggs […]

Prickly Pear

The first plants of prickly pear were brought into Australia to start a cochineal dye industry. At that time, Spain had a world-wide monopoly on the important cochineal dye industry and the British Government was keen to set up its own source of supply within its dominion. The dye was derived from cochineal insects which […]