This post is about bugs...and lots of them. I thought I would have problems with the brown stink bugs this year but in fact the little buggers that decided to hang out on my balcony is it's close cousin: the harlequin bugs. I've been noticing these creatures earlier in the season but they exploded in numbers about 3 weeks ago. There were consistently clusters of 4-5 pairs of harlequins bug couples on each of my three collard plant. There were also hanging out on my lone bok choy plant. My combat strategy was to shake them into a container filled with water, but for a while it seemed like it was not worth the fight.
|The harlequin bug couples on collard are little camera shy|
|Harlequin bug in bok choy|
|Eggs are pretty but must be destroyed!|
|Spots where harlequin feasted on collard juice|
|little damage on bok choy|