There are Good Guys..

and there are Bad Guys in the garden.

These Guys have been spotted on the potatoes.
potato beetle

They are potato beetles
potato beetle

They are the Bad Guys.  They can devour a crop of potatoes very quickly if left unchecked.

These have also been spotted in the garden.
lady bug

They are Lady Bugs.

They are Good Guys.  They devour the Bad Guys (larvae of potato beetles along with aphids, spider mites, and white flies) that attack our gardens.

potatoe bettle larvae

Bad Guys!
potato beetle eggs

Chickens LOVE potato beetles.  Which makes them Super Good Guys (or Gals in this case)in my book.

Good Guys!

Good Guys!

I also have another Good Guy on my side.

Magnum P.I.

Always on the case.

Always on alert

Such an attitude

Such an attitude in fact, that after watching the season finale of Duck Dynasty, he would rather be called Magnum P. Si.


Here’s hoping you have more Good Guys than Bad Guys in you garden!


About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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11 Responses to There are Good Guys..

  1. I love the good bugs and why I don’t use chemicals which can’t tell the good from the bad….


  2. bhoyt10 says:

    Sorry you have the dreaded potato beetle! We had lots and lots of them! I sprayed them with spinosad, an organic spray, and now they seem to be gone! But I bet they hatch some more!


    • After I read your post about yours, I was going to look for something with spinosad. I just haven’t had the time. Right now, I am able to stay on top of them. We don’t have that many plnats so that helps.


  3. OK, but I have heard that when they are done eating the beetles, the chickens will eat your plants. True or false?


  4. ChgoJohn says:

    It’s always something. Right now, it’s too cool for a bug infestation but we’ve has so much rain that my containers are water-logged. I hope you’ve gotten the potato beetles under control. ‘ve not heard of spinosad but will keep it in mind should any bad guys arrive. 🙂


  5. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Love your good guys & gals! They’re very sweet and silly!


  6. Dee says:

    Brenda, that was such a funny post. I enjoyed it so much. Bad guys and good guys and our friends in the garden. What would we do without them? ~~Dee


  7. I enjoyed this..I am still early in the process of learning the good from the bad…. and I am waiting for some monarchs to visit my milkweed…they being very very good guys..Michelle


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