To help up with our knowledge of garden insects, here’s another set of photos from Tracy Hueppelsheuse, our local entomologist and community garden member.

cabbage root maggot

The photo above is of a cabbage root maggot feeding on a radish, and shows the boring damage caused. This is one of the worst crucifer root pests found across Canada, and is difficult to control.

leaf miner

Here we see damage caused by the beet leafminer.  Larvae live and feed within the leaf layers, causing pale areas. Damage can be severe and make leaves inedible as beet greens. The adult leafminer is a fly, which lives outside of the plant.

honey bees

And now for some good guys – honey bees drinking water near one of the taps at the garden. These diligent workers are essential for pollination in our gardens.