Friday PhotoEssay

The weather is definitely getting crisp outside, but most of the plants are loving it! The red lettuces are getting even darker in color and the radicchio is also showing more color. This week’s photoessay might be more appropriately titles “Find the insects in the picture!” You’ll see what I mean.

This is a picture of one of the radicchio plants. You can see it is just barely starting to curl in to form a head. It this picture, there is what I think is a flea beetle. This is probably the hardest one to find. I didn’t want to start too easy!

Can you find the grasshopper? Okay, so I decided to give you a break after the radicchio. This big guy is really enjoying the carrot tops.

Another fairly easy one. This cucumber beetle is apparently enjoying the radicchio as well.

Okay, had to pull out another hard one. There’s an aphid somewhere on this beautiful red butterhead lettuce. Here’s a hint if you need one.

Hmm…what critter could be in this picture? You mean you can’t see it? Okay, so this is a trick picture. To the best of my knowledge, there are no insects crawling around in this picture.

Have a great weekend!

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on November 12, 2010, in PhotoEssays and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. What a great blog!

    I just linked to it from the National Master Gardener blog at

    Best, Bill Hoffman – USDA/NIFA

  2. And I just found it on the National MG blog! This is great – you do a fantastic job.

    I help run a MG demo garden in Montgomery County, MD, and post about it on our statewide blog that’s part of our Grow It Eat It food gardening education program –

    Wish I could update as often as you, though. Impressive. I love your “lunch in the garden” idea too.

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