Gardening with Good Bugs
For all of you that are involved with the Master Gardening Program or have homeowners asking about insect identification in the garden, I may have a solution for you. Recently, I published a book for home gardeners about beneficial insects called Gardening with Good Bugs (Silverleaf Press, ISBN 1934393010). I talk about the basics of IPM for the homeowner and why we should try to incorporate biological control in gardens. The majority of the 128-page book covers common groups of beneficial insects, including beetles, lacewings, and wasps. Each section gives a brief review of the life cycle, size, and color description, and host range for common species. It also has many full-color photographs that supplement the text. I am often asked if such a book exists as I teach Master Gardener classes around the state. I hope you find this book useful, and encourage you all to have a few copies in your office as a reference publication. Books are available for under $12 at amazon.com. Keep good bugs in your life!