A Guide to Common Summer Garden Pests

This photo guide to identifying common summer garden pests provides names and characteristics of the most common garden pests that invade your summer garden.

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    The TOMATO HORNWORM is a voracious garden pest, even though you'll usually find it munching only on tomato plants.
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    The SLUG, a general pest throughout the garden, will attack leaves and fruit.
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    The TOMATO FRUITWORM — as you'd imagine — attacks the maturing fruits of tomato plants.
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    The CABBAGE LOOPER moves in a "humping" fashion, like an inchworm. These larvae prey upon the cabbage family and are usually found on the undersides of the leaves.
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    This TOMATO HORNWORM carries cocoons of the braconid wasp, which will hatch ... and help protect your garden.
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    The BLACK CUTWORM can threaten the tender seedlings of many vegetables.
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    APHIDS (more often light in color than dark) can cause widespread crop damage.
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    CABBAGE LOOPERS seen with damaged leaves.
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    The WIREWORM attacks both root crops and the germinating seeds of young plants.
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    A MEXICAN BEAN BEETLE on a mutilated leaf.
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    The life cycle of the MEXICAN BEAN BEETLE.
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    The STRIPED CUCUMBER BEETLE, depicted here with feeding damage, attacks cucumbers, melons, squash and pumpkins.
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    The BANDED CUCUMBER BEETLE preys on the same plants as the STRIPED CUCUMBER BEETLE.
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Learn how to identify the most common summer garden pests that invade your garden. 

A Guide to Common Summer Garden Pests

Although this spread appeared in MOTHER's Guide to (Almost!) Foolproof Gardening we figure that — with bug season here — we can all use a refresher course in knowing our enemy. (See the garden pest photos in the image gallery.)






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