The massed insects that recently are attacking Maggie & John’s collard greens (and now on their strawberry) are the dreaded “Bagrada bug”. It’s a new (relatively) pest that’s come over from Arizona (in 2009), and is spreading throughout the southland. It breeds prolifically, eats cabbage family plants, but also is getting onto lots of other vegetables – so this is a serious pest. There were so many that Florence suggested to John that he vacuum them up, drop them into soapy water, and then into the trash.
Left photo by Florence, right photo by Flickr/MargaretheBrummermannCOMMENTS