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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Garden Friends

The Eyed Elater is a wonderful garden friend recently seen at the
Shalom Teaching Garden. The 'click bug' has false eyes to confuse predators and the ability to flex the elongated shield on its back in such a way that it produces a loud click and creates a force that propells the bug several inches away from the spot it was sitting.
These facts would make the Eyed Elator an entertaining friend, but the click bug is a great help in the garden because it eats large amounts of aphids and larvae that would munch away our garden plants. We were very happy to see that the click bug has made the Shalom Teaching Garden it's home!