This interesting insect was sunbathing on the cover of our hot tub last month. I noticed that one of his long hind legs was injured after I took this shot. Afterwards we moved him into our garden to recuperate. However after doing some research online I found that was probably not my most brilliant idea. This common garden bug is a pest known for sucking the sap of many plants. Yuck! For more information on this unwelcome visitor to the garden you can click on the following link insectguide.net. The latin name for the leaf bug is Pœrilocapsus lineatus Fabr.
Okay here’s a mystery bug I found on the Butterfly Weed this summer. It seems to be having a good time chomping on the foliage. There were several but they lasted about a day and were gone after a brief rainshower. Other than a few chewed up leaves there seems to be no permanent damage to the plant. I’m guessing it’s some type of aphid or beetle maybe. Anyone else have any suggestions? (sorry that the photo is a bit blurry from being enlarged)