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Beneficial Stink Bugs

Making It Grow Minute

  Making It Grow made a trip to Dillon recently to learn about and film former refugees from Rawanda and Tanzania who have relocated here. When not at work, they care for a large community garden. The major crops are a small, white eggplant and amaranth, in their diet. Powell Smith and Susan , Clemson entomology experts from Lexington, found all sorts of insects there. The most interesting was a mating pair of beneficial stink bugs one of whom had its proboscis, a feeding tube, stuck in a plant-eating beetle larva --stucking out his juices! They also spotted a tomato horn-worm caterpillar which had been killed by beneficial wasp larva that had developed in its body. This crop had not been heavily treated with broad spectrum pesticides which allowed these beneficial insects to flourish.

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.