Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Wildflower Wednesday: Tickseeds & Beggarticks
Calligrapha californica corepsivora. As pretty as the beetle is, I’d prefer that this beast stay in the wild.
Minute Pirate Bugs (Anthocoridae: Orius) which tend to feed on small pests such as aphids, thrips, and spider mites. Anthocoridae (‘flower bugs’) also have a habit of biting people and are thought to have shared a common ancestor with bedbugs, so perhaps Linnaeus was having another of his amazing insights. Personally, I can’t see the similarity of tick-seed (both Old English words) to either bedbugs or ticks, but perhaps I’m looking at the wrong species.
*A. K. Fiedler and D. A. Landis 2007. Attractiveness of Michigan Native Plants to Arthropod Natural Enemies and Herbivores. Environ. Entomol. 36(4): 751-765.