Backyard Orchard News
On July 27, Dr. Beth Grafton-Cardwell held an earwig field day at Lindcove featuring the work of...
Carla teaches about the impact of earwigs on young trees
Fuller rose beetles are a primarily a problem because they lay eggs under the calyx of fruit and those fruit can be rejected when exported, because some export countries don't want this pest to establish in their region. Fuller rose beetle can also cause significant leaf damage to newly topworked orchards. We have been sampling an orchard near Lindcove and, while a few beetles emerge year round, we are seeing heavier numbers emerging as of the first week of August. You can find Fuller rose beetles first by looking for notched leaves (edges chewed) and frass (insect feces), then look for the adult beetles inside curled leaves. They love new flush and leaves rolled by leafminer damage. They tend to be on the lowest branches of the tree. You can also survey for them by putting a beating sheet or tray under the trees and shaking the adults out onto the tray.
Fuller rose beetle on notched leaf
There's nothing quite like a cone--no, not an ice cream cone. A purple coneflower.The purple...
Honey bee on purple coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Peek-a-bee: A honey bee peers through the head of a purple coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pollen-laden honey bee climbs over the head of a purple coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
If you want to attract honey bees in your garden, you can't go wrong by planting catmint (genus...
Honey bee working the catmint (Nepeta). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee atop catmint. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a honey bee on catmint. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
When you install bee condos--those wooden blocks with holes drilled in them to attract nesting...
Earwig inside a blue orchard bee condo, which has larger holes than one for leafcutting bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This bee condo for leafcutting bees has 10 tenants. It is about the size of a brick and has smaller holes than a bee block for blue orchard bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Leafcutting bee provisioning her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)