Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Green Stink Bug

It's December 14, and still not enough winter to slow down the Green Stink Bug.  This little rascal has many different host plants, and is always hanging around my garden somewhere.  And even though we've had two light freezes, he still soldiers on, sucking the life out of whatever plant he feeds on.  And they're prolific!  Each adult female produces on average over 250 eggs, though she completes her life cycle in as little as two months.

Green Stink Bug
Stink bugs have piercing mouthparts and damage plants by sucking juices from young tender growth and developing fruit.  They always seem to have an eye out for my tomatoes, and I struggle to control them in the spring.  You'd think by now, when we're covering the ripening tomatoes against early frosts and freezes, that the stink bugs would be overwintering elsewhere, but here they still are.  As ever.  Yuck.

By the way, the best control I've found is just to squash them, stink and all.  I've not had good success with organic methods.  I think they're tougher than I am!

1 comment:

  1. Interesting info.I found the same bug a week ago on one of my plants. The brown varieties seem to love the climbers of the squash family.