Does Anyone Know What This Is?

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  1. Diane Lane

    Diane Lane Very Well-Known Member
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    I looked around on Google, and didn't see anything exactly like this. The closest two I saw were called a Mediterranean bug and I think an India bug or similar name, but the markings weren't exactly the same. Does anyone know what this is, and if so, what I could do to eradicate it, unless it's serving some positive purpose in my garden? bug.jpg
     
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    We have that here especially in our extended garden. That insect thrives together with lady bugs. I don't know the name of that flying insect but I usually see it on our sugar apple tree. Maybe it's an agent of pollination so we don't bother with it. Our only concern is the aphids that ruin the fruits of our sugar apple and pepper plant and sometimes the lemon tree is also infested. With bugs and other flying insects, we just let them enjoy our garden for a free service in pollinating.
     
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    I do think it is that milkweed bug. I saw that it's somehow beneficial because it eats other bugs, but that could be why I haven't seen as many lizards in the garden. I'd personally prefer the lizards, so I guess I'll try spraying the leaves again, and see if it gets rid of these. A group of smaller ones like this was swarming on my fairy dish for some reason. There's nothing there to eat, unless there are microscopic bugs I can't see that they're eating. I'll try spraying with the water/soap/vinegar mix and see if that helps, thanks @Chrissy Page.

    @Corie Henson I saw quite a few when I was looking, so it seems there are various similar-looking bugs. Some were usually found in the Mediterranean, and other India. I didn't see any specific to the Philippines, but they could have been further down on the page. I don't know if these pollinate anything, but they're hanging on my Mandevilla, which is a flowering vine.
     
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    They're pretty bugs though. :)
     
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    Ha ha, the only bugs I like are butterflies and dragonflies/damselflies. Ladybugs are o.k. I'd rather see lizards than bugs.
     
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    I don't mind lizards, we have a lot of geckos, not so much here in my subdivision but by my daughter or in the foothills.

    I'm not afraid of bugs except black widow spiders but unless they're cute and colorful id rather not see them.
     
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    don't have a clue, but as far as bugs go, it sure is cute
     
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    Spiders do worry me, and when I moved here, I left my toolbox behind, because it was covered with black widow spiders. The movers wouldn't touch it, and I certainly wouldn't, either. We have brown recluse spiders here, and also the occasional scorpion, so I try to avoid going near brush if I can. I usually use gloves when I scoop the leaves, which I'll be doing soon.
     
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    Think we have brown recluse also but no scorpions! Seems black widows are the majority here and before I started the Pest Control service it was BAD!

    I still see an occasional one...obviously if my neighbor doesn't do anything I'll get a couple.
     
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    @Diane Lane where did you look to check out your bug? Have you tried an entomology site?
     
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    Hi @Ina, No, I just googled first 'red bug', which brought up a ton of unrelated pics, then I tried 'orange and black bug' and the picture came up. There are quite a few that look somewhat similar, but I finally was able to narrow it down.

    @Chrissy Page I used to hear a lot about black widows back home, and then somewhat down here, but I know at least two people here who've been bitten by the brown recluse spiders, and have gotten really ill from them. I'm hesitant to even go in the shed here, because I have no doubt there are some (probably of both) in there. Spiders of all sorts seem more prevalent here, I guess due to the humidity. I don't recall seeing many up in Houston, with the exception of the last place I lived.
     
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    My son in law got bit by a spider, don't know what kind but it got ugly and he had to go to the Dr. It was on his leg.
     
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    My son Michael planted two shrub type plants a few years before he died, but he couldn't remember what they were, and I've not identified them either. This year both plants bore fruit.

    Oddly the fullest bushed plant only produced a few, but the one that shed it's leaves down to some bare areas produced the most fruit, and the fruit clustered in the bare areas. It has many large spiked thorns on the stems.

    The fruit looks like a cross between a lemon and an orange, and it tastes something like grapefruit. I cut one open so you could see what it looks like. Anyone have a clue as to what this plant might be?

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    I think that those are a type of orange, just not one that is considered as an edible one. One of our neighbors gave me one that looked like that and told me that I could grow the plant ; but I think we moved or something, and I never planted the seeds, and I have forgotten exactly what he called it.
    I think that it is more of an ornamental than one grown for eating, and the one that he gave me tasted awful when I cut it open.
     
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    This one @Yvonne Smith has a sweet lemony/grapefruit flavor. When young Mike brought them home, he also brought home a basket full of the fruit. I had cooked up a large batch of preserves from them, but it is all gone now.

    So, although they are no larger than 1&1/2 inch across, they can be eaten. But I was hoping someone might be able to tell me some other way to fix them. The preserves were very good, but it has too much sugar. I know that Splenda can be used, but I'm finding that I don't like the taste of it.

    Wow, I just realized I'll probably have to leave them behind, along with so many other things. I'm going to have to pay someone to dig up my son's magnolia tree, so maybe adding those two little medium sized, (They are taller than than I.), bushes wouldn't be too much more. I'm have to leave behind the pear trees I planted back in 1990. They are just way to big to transplant safely.
     
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    Oh @Ina I. Wonder , this cracked me up because I had just seen @Diane Lane post with picture of the bug. Then I started down the thread and just landed on your reply and saw "has a sweet lemony/grapefruit flavor" LOL!! I had to go back and read more of the posts to realize the topic changed;)
     
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    I think it look like a Box Elder bug, they like Box Elder tree leaves..
     
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    I've heard of Box Elder trees, but don't know what they look like, or if there are any around here. Now I have something to look up :D, thanks @Louise Williams.

    Yuck, I seriously hate bugs. I didn't realize Box Elders (or Boxelders) are maples. The bugs do look similar, and the leaves look familiar, so maybe we do have some form of those nearby. Here's the page i was looking at with the bugs on it.
     
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    I have been growing Aloe Vera all my life, and I've used it for everything from burns to my children's zits. But today is the first time I've seen this one bloom. I've had a few bloom before, but their flowers were white. This one I've taken and started from a tiny piece. I've had it for many years now, so I wasn't expecting it to bloom. I just noticed it today.

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    I was thinking that looked like my neighbor's firecracker plant, but I'm not sure if hers is attached to aloe vera or cactus. It does sort of look like a pencil cactus, I wonder if they're related?
     
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    All I know about this cactus is that is a thorny varagated Aloe Vera. The healing properties seem to be the same as my regular Aloe Vera. I just fell in love with this one, and it does seem to grow faster than the normal solid green ones.
     
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