Brown-eye moth, Lacanobia oleracea garden pest identification

September 11, 2012

‘Lacanobia oleracea’  Brown-eye’ / ‘Brown-eyes’ is a garden pest as it eats tomato plants including the fruit.


Brown-eye moth 'Lacanobia oleracea

The Brown-eye moth caterpillar is a garden pest as it eats tomatoes.

They can destroy your tomatoes in a very short time unless you pick them off

Tomato fruit eaten by Brown-eye caterpillar ‘Lacanobia oleracea’


I’ve added this post to help identify garden pests and to accompany my plant identification, garden pest and pruning guide website

Photography by Neil Bromhall


Garden pest identification. Daylily Hemerocallis gall midge.

June 23, 2008

Garden pest, Hemerocallis gall midge

Hemerocallis gall midge infestation

Day lilies – Hemerocallis species and cultivars have a parasitic pest called the Gall midge Contarinia quinquenotata

It’s been gradually spreading through the UK since 1989.

There is no control for the pest other than picking off the infected flower buds and destroying them.

Don’t put them in the compost bin as they will pupate and emerge next year.

Daylilies Hemerocallis gall midge pest I put the infected buds on a table in the sun thinking that this would kill the larvae but instead the maggots wriggled out and went into early pupation.

Garden pest, Hemerocallis gall midge

 Burning the buds is the sure way of destroying these maggots. 

 Contarinia quinquenotata

The adult fly is tiny and lays hundreds of eggs in the developing flower buds.  The white maggots grow to about 2-3mm. When ready to pupate the larvae crawl out of the flower bud and fall to the ground where they bury themselves in the soil, pupate, then emerge as adults flies the following year.

Photography By Neil Bromhall Complete Gardens Advice CD-ROM Ltd


May 14, 2008

Queen wasp building a nestAs the weather warms up you’ll probably notice large wasps flying about.

Most of these will be Queen wasps looking for suitable places to start building her nest.

The Queens mated last year and have hibernated over the winter period and now emerge as the temperature warms up.

The rest of last years colony have died.  Wasps are considered pests by many people but wasps help the gardener by eating caterpillars and aphids.

The large yellow and black insects flying about are not only Queen wasps though, there are also Hornets.