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don't miss the DFC Early Bird special!

You can get some good deals if you sign up for the DFC comic by Monday, 19th May! Only two more days!!!

DFC contributor Garen Ewing just wrote this review of the DFC launch party and his remarkable day that, well, that left me a bit breathless! Having internet friends can feel a bit strange, but it's so fabulous when I finally get to meet them and find they're as great as I hoped they'd be.

By the way, does anyone know what kind of beetle this is? Is it the sort of thing I want infesting my lavender bush? It's gorgeous, but I don't know if it's a helpful kind of beastie or something I should be worried about.



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May. 17th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Bad news !
It's Chrysolina Americana, aka the Rosemary beetle, a well known parasite of Lavender, thyme, sage and Rosemary.

See here for confirmation and here and here for more info
May. 17th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Bad news !
Oh my goodness! That's fitting, because I also found a couple on the neighbouring rosemary bush. Thanks so much for the info!

I guess I'll be doing a lot of hand picking. I wonder what I'm supposed to do with them after I pick them, step on them I suppose. Crunch crunch. (Not like hedgehogs, where people take them to shelters. There probably aren't any nearby beetle shelters.)
May. 18th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
My name is Rosemary! Those are my beetles! COME TO ME, MY BEETLE FAMILY!!
May. 18th, 2008 08:54 am (UTC)
Funny! My agent's also named Rosemary, but hopefully our relationship is symbiotic, not parasitic! :-D
May. 18th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
ooh! ooh! I learned about this in biology class! What you need to get is diatomaceous earth. Aka crushed up outer calcium layer of microscopic sea creatures (aka diatoms). You can get it at a garden store, just ask (at least in canada you can). Sprinkle on your garden soil to kill (yes, sad I know, but the lavender!!) beetles.

ha. bio class pays off in the real world :-P
May. 18th, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
Re: diatoms!
Wow, Nessa, thanks for that! (We have very brainy people on LiveJournal, hurrah!)

Yeah, I remember studying diotoms in my collge 'Rocks for Jocks' geology class! We even went on a field trip to the side of a road somewhere that had a lot of diatomaceous earth. But I didn't know it had pest control properties! Poor beetles, they really are so lovely, like little gemstones.
May. 18th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Hi Sarah! Just wanted to wave and say boo really. I wish we could have met at the party, what a crazy night it was! ^_^

That is a beautiful beetle! I never thought I'd say that....
May. 19th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC)
Hi, Emma! Yes, I couldn't even remember all the people I wanted to meet, and it was so crowded I must've only met about a quarter of them! It was so daunting when I walked in, this wall of guests. I'll look forward to seeing your Violet strip!

Those beetles ARE so pretty, I can imagine someone making jewellery to look like them. :-)
May. 19th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Why that's the infamous Nibbleus Jiggiteum. Sure it eats lavender like a bad actor chews up scenery, but the upside is its spoor is delightful musical confetti. I'm pretty sure this is true, as it's on Wikipedia. Heh.
May. 19th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Beetlemania
Ha ha ha... nice one. ;-D
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