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Gardeners are frequent contributors to our site because of concerns they have differentiating beneficial insects from injurious species. With more and more gardeners attempting to cultivate Cannabis, we started noticing more identification requests from growers. We hope we are offering a public service by responding to our readers’ questions without sensationalizing or taking sides surrounding the legalization of marijuana.

Subject:  Gopher digging in my herb garden
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 09/02/2021
Time: 02:19 PM PDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
I don’t need an identification and this Gopher is not really a Bug but I see you have a rodent section, so I thought I would send it and tell you how I deal with the gopher.  At first I was upset that the gopher was tunneling in my garden, but I realized it was aerating the soil and providing me with nice piles of dirt on the surface that I could use elsewhere in the garden.  I am always moving dirt around, and so is the gopher.  I made peace with the little critter despite the fact that it ate the roots off two of my marijuana plants.
How you want your letter signed:  Constant Gardener

Pocket Gopher

Dear Constant Gardener,
Thanks for sending in your adorable image of a Pocket Gopher.  We applaud your stoicism toward this fascinating creature.  Most folks would try to rid the garden of a native creature.

Hi again Bugman,
While I am not thrilled to have lost two plants, I believe they were in the gopher’s way and not targeted food.  Next year I might try building cages from chicken wire to keep the gophers away from the roots.

Subject:  What’s this bug??
Geographic location of the bug:  East Los Angeles
Date: 09/28/2021
Time: 07:51 AM PDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Look at this guy! I think it’s high.
How you want your letter signed:  Dr. Greenthumb

Green Darner

Hey Dr. Greenthumb,
This awesome Dragonfly is a Green Darner.  There are many images of the male Green Darner using his anal claspers to grab the female by the neck during mating on the Natural History of Orange County website.  Dragonflies frequently rest on foliage, and your marijuana plant may have been the most convenient location for this individual to rest.  As to whether it got high, we cannot say, but we would never discount the possibility.

Subject:  Bug on Cannabis
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 09/28/2021
Time: 02:19 PM PDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
While inspecting my maturing marijuana buds in anticipation of harvest, I noticed this solitary insect on one of my bugs.  Can you identify it for me?
How you want your letter signed:  Constant Gardener

Lace Bug

Dear Constant Gardener,
This is a Lace Bug in the family Tingidae, and according to BugGuide:  “Feed mainly on leaves of trees and shrubs, causing yellow spotting and sometimes browning and death of the leaves.”  We did find a posting on Invasive.org of a Lace Bug and eggs on marijuana, and it contains the caption:  “Adult lace bug and eggs on the underside of a hemp leaf. Note: The nymphs failed to establish on the plant. ”  The University of California Pest Management System does not mention
Cannabis as a host plant.

Subject:  Gray Bird Grasshoppers on Cannabis
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 09/25/2021
Time: 01:36 PM PDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
This past weekend I observed this male Gray Bird Grasshopper just sitting on a AI Cannabis plant and I marvelled at how my gardening style towards Grasshoppers has changed recently.  As I watched this guy just relaxing on the plant, sprawled across one of the smaller leaves and I realized that I have never witnessed Grasshoppers eating my buds.  I find leaf damage but never damage to the buds other than that caused by dreaded Budworms.  The decision I made after realizing this is that, especially later in the season, there is no longer a need to relocate the Grasshoppers.  Earlier in the summer I relocated 6-8 immature Gray Bird Grasshoppers I found on my plants to a native willow trees about 30 feet away.  Relocating nymphs might still be a good idea because when the plants are younger, the leaves are needed to supply strength to the woody plant as it is growing.  Once the leaves begin to yellow they no longer positively contribute to the health of the plant, so it is the prefect time to allow the Grasshoppers to munch on the leaves.
How you want your letter signed:  Constant Gardener

Male Gray Bird Grasshopper on Cannabis

Dear Constant Gardener,
Thanks for your wonderful posting and images.  We loved hearing about your growth in the area of gardening.

Gray Bird Grasshopper nymph on AI

Gray Bird Grasshopper nymph relocated to Willow

Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Arizona
Date: 09/20/2021
Time: 11:16 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug can you help?
How you want your letter signed:  Mr.Shannon Meehl

Longicorn: Megacyllene antennata

Dear Mr. Shannon Meehl,
We recieved an image of this species of Longicorn back in 2016 and Eric Eaton helped us identify it as
Megacyllene antennata. According to BugGuide it feeds on “mesquite (and catclaw?).”  We cannot say for certain why it was attracted to a Cannabis plant, but we will be sure to tag it to include it with other insects found on marijuana.

Subject:  California Mantis on Cannabis
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 08/29/2021
Time: 09:39 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
I have really been enjoying watching the California Mantids growing bigger on my Cannabis plants, indicating that they are eating well.  Last week I spotted my first mature female California Mantis and today I spotted my first mature male.
How you want your letter signed:  Constant Gardener

Immature female California Mantis

Dear Constant Gardener,
Thanks for keeping us informed about the insects that you find in your garden.

Mature California Mantis

immature male California Mantis

Immature Male California Mantis

Mature Male California Mantis