There are 2 odd ... creatures in my garden.
The first are these bugs
They seem to be swarming my potted plants. The first time I saw them they were eating the leaves of my eggplant. Today, while watering, I noticed that my eggplant had since healed and the bugs moved to the geraniums. I'd leave them alone and hope for the best except while watering I noticed that many of them had fallen dead
around the pots.
What are they and why are they dying?
-I've noticed that they tend to feed on the plants that are the driest and wilted. Once the plants are revived the bugs seem to move on.
-I don't use any pesticides on my plants. I just water them.
Here's my second mystery
. I saw a pile of whatever this is last summer near a tree in the yard. I figured it was some sort of animal vomit.
This year I've noticed more ... patches of them throughout the yard. I've realized that it isn't vomit and am now leaning toward some sort of bug colony excretion or moss or mold.
They go through about a 2 week life cycle. They start out orange and then dry up and get lighter until they start to disintegrate.
Today, while taking pictures I noticed that they have some sort of hair or fur underneath.
What are they? And are they harmful to me or the plants in my garden?
-They don't show up in the winter, from what I've noticed they start appearing during the summer.
-I live in the Midwest... Illinois to be exact.
-It looks like they only grow on the mulch.
-I only water and fertilize my yard.