Jumping larvae in cocoa bean shell mulch

Hi. I bought Hull Farms cocoa bean shell mulch at Menard's and some of it eventually developed little white jumping maggots. After much search online, I decided they are either cheese skippers or Euxesta notata, Picture-winged flies in the (Ulidiidae group . A lot of other people seem to have had these larvae appear in their cocoa bean shell mulch as well. Do you know anything about them? Are they a danger to my plants?


Pennington County South Dakota 1 day ago

Identifying bees

I would like help identifying the type of bees that have taken up residence in a crevice of a large oak tree in my yard. They seem extremely active for many hours a day, very different from the bumble bee colony also on my Minneapolis lot. Are they even bees? Maybe wasps or hornets? I'm attaching some photos and hope you can tell me what type they are, or at least if they should be a cause for concern for the tree's health. The oak is quite large and seems perfectly healthy. Thank you. Karen


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Hennepin County Minnesota insect identification honeybees 1 day ago


Please see attached pictures of peppers; Can you advise what we can do to prevent this?


Baltimore Maryland 1 day ago

I've never seen this before

These little flying pests have invaded my back yard, mainly my patio umbrella. I've never seen them before. What is this, and how do I get rid of them?



Shelby County Tennessee urban integrated pest management 1 day ago

Stems sagging and dying before flower has opened

I have a hybrid T rose that I have had for many years; always flowered beautifully. This year the stems started drooping before flower opened. I can't see any insect damage or other damage, I have been watering it and applying fertilizing it. Thank you


Rice County Minnesota roses bud blast 1 day ago

mass of caterpillars eating milkweed and other leaves

I am seeing masses of cream-colored caterpillars with black heads eating leaves in our neighborhood so that all that is left is the veins of the leaf. They leave reddish-brown frass on the leaf below. What is this?


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Hennepin County Minnesota 1 day ago

Common Bottle Fly

I am a first time gardener in southern MN. On Monday, I went and checked my garden and noticed my cherry tomatoes were almost ready. Today I go out to pick them and they are infested with, what I think, is the Commone Bottle Fly. They have eaten almost all of my ripe cherry tomatoes. How did I get them? How do I get rid of these? Any information and help is appreciated! I attached some photos also.


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Blue Earth County Minnesota 1 day ago

Oak wilt?

2 years ago we trimmed trees in early summer. We started losing a tree later that summer. We removed it and hauled away the wood last summer. We did not trim any other trees. This year we lost a few more and the others are dropping leaves. How can we save the other trees?


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Berrien County Michigan trees and shrubs oak wilt 1 day ago

Drip line preditors

Help, we live on several acres outside of Salem. We have several thousand feet of drip lines watering many plants. Some beast is chewing holes in the lines. As fast as a line is repaired, another one is damaged. We almost lost a huge number of azaleas last summer because their line was damaged. My wife (who apologizes to bugs before smashing them) is ready to kill anything that moves. We do have a fresh water source that is always available, so it isn't for need of water. Due to the number of "latrines" on our property we know we have a good supply of raccoons. We have seen possums, skunks and squirrels (who we have seen chewing on small drip lines). Any suggestions (other than automatic weapons) would be helpful!!



Marion County Oregon human-wildlife issues 1 day ago

tomatillo pollination

I am in need of someone who can answer a gardening question. If a plant needs 2 plants to pollinate it and we only have 1, can I self pollinate it? My neighbor has a tomatillo plant and it has plenty of flowers, but no tomatillos.


Carroll County Maryland vegetables plant care pollination 1 day ago

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