Invasion of the spear snatchers

Asparagus in late October

I didn’t see it when I took the picture. But while I was uploading it from my camera, I spotted this asparagus beetle larva on the fronds.

Asparagus beetle is more of a pain than a threat. Plants are pretty much unaffected by anything but the heaviest infestation.

But the beetles leave little black eggs on the stems, and they’re a nuisance to rub off when you’re preparing the spears for eating.

Little bastards. In Spring, I go on the attack!

4 Responses to “Invasion of the spear snatchers”

  1. Rachael Says:

    I have had a terrible infestation of asparagus beetle this year – and I only planted my crowns last year so we haven’t even eaten any ourselves yet. What will you do in the spring? Spray, or just be extra vigilant and hand pick?

  2. Soilman Says:

    Rachael hi

    I do both: hand pick with extreme prejudice (it’s amazing how effective this is in May, when you can catch huge numbers of beetles and rub off all their eggs) and douse with horticultural soap. This slows ’em down significantly for the season.

  3. Ottawa Gardener Says:

    It’s funny how us gardeners train our eyes to pick up the tiniest details like that forget-me-not seedling that’s 1cm across in amoungst the leaves or 2 orange colorado potato beetle eggs at a distance of 10 feet.

  4. Soilman Says:

    You’re so right, Ottawa Gardener. I can spot a cabbage white butterfly egg at 100 yards!