Good Bug, Bad Bug?

We’ve all done it at some point.  We’ve seen a bug on our beloved Tower Garden and freaked out!  However, not all bugs are created equal and there are many beneficial bugs out there that actually eat the bad guys.  It’s that whole circle of life thing.  I’ve mistakenly squashed a ladybug larvae before.  They look nothing like the aphid eating adult they turn into.  In fact they look kind of weird!  You can see all of the life stages of ladybug’s here so that you won’t make the same mistake I did!

Assassin Bug
Assassin Bug Photo Credit: Joseph Berger

Take at look at this Assassin Bug (good bug) above.  It looks very similar to the Squash bug (bad bug) below.

Squash Bug
Squash Bug
Photo Credit: Kansas Department of Agriculture Archive,

How do you know what bugs are good and what bugs are bad?  Thankfully for you I stumbled across a handy dandy bug guide to help you determine who are the good guys, who are the bad guys, how to attract more good guys and  it also includes a couple of homemade bug recipes.


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