Yesterday, I noticed that one of my banana pepper plants had been demolished! What on earth? It was looking great just a day or two ago.
They are voracious and will even eat the fruit of the tomatoes and peppers. What a nuisance!
In total, I smashed 9 hornworms with a big rock. I need to check again today. I have a feeling more are out there.
There are lots of stink bugs, too.
I found another kind of bug a couple of days ago that was new to me. I was out doing a little weeding in the overgrown border and admiring the second flush of blooms and butterflies on the butterfly weed.
I saw an orange and black bug. Was it a harlequin bug? I was pretty sure it wasn't something beneficial, and so I smashed it. I looked it up and found out it was a milkweed bug. The next morning, I killed 5 more. That evening, I went out with my camera, sure I would find one to take a picture of. I looked and looked. Finally, I saw one that tended to move to the opposite side of the plant as I moved around. I took a picture, then destroyed that bug as well. So that made 7 milkweed bugs all on my one plant. I'll keep an eye out for those bugs; I do like my butterfly weed.
The other things I'm dealing with may be be fungal diseases, I'm not sure. My muscadines have fallen off prematurely again. Maybe I can get a picture of the fruit to post later. My phlox in the bed by the porch is showing some symptoms. One stem wilted completely. Perhaps it is black rot. I have suspected that is what is wrong with the Japanese hollies that are in the same bed.
Just when you think you're having fun gardening, you discover a new disease or pest.