Friday, July 13, 2012

The Only Good Blister Beetle

I guess I took these pictures during the two weeks when the blister bugs were so bad and I wasn't blogging much.  I meant to post them, forgot about them and just came back across them.  The first picture is one of a batch of tomato plants the blister bugs defoliated in one night which left the tomatoes to sun-scald in a few days of temperatures over a hundred degrees.  These are the tomatoes I showed in the chicken compost earlier in the week.

Prior to pulling the plants though we had to whip up a little organic bomb to keep the bugs from simply moving on down the row into more plants.  As we pulled the plants a few days later, the only thing that took the edge off the loss was what I found underneath the tomato plants.

Piles of dead blister beetles.  Yuck.  

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