Jerks AKA Leaf Footed Bugs
Oh hello. Just here vacuuming our tomatoes (and artichokes.) In case you have been out of the loop, I thought we had Assassin bugs (good) that turned out to be Leaf footed bugs (bad) and read online you can dirt vac them off your plants. Everyone knows that anything you read on the Internet is true- so we had to try it. It worked decently well. It was much easier than hand catching them but they also started to fly away after witnessing a few of their buddies being sucked up. Thus it took a few cleaning sessions to gathering up any real amount of them up. It's a nice little hobby to pass the time though- vacuuming bugs. Dirtiest Husband in the World works at a vegetarian restaurant and some of his vegan coworkers were horrified to hear we were vacuuming up bugs. I thought vegans loved home grown tomatoes. This is war. But not chemical warfare. Unless you call bath and body wash exfoliating soap that your beloved sister-in-law left behind chemical warfare. We dunked the bugs in soapy water to finish them off.
My bestie friend sent me a link with more info on the mistaken id of these bugs. Hot tip: Assassin bugs feast alone, and Stink bugs (or Leaf Footed Bugs) eat in big ol' groups. That would have been really useful information a few weeks ago.
There is one bug that escaped capture.
Most often found hovering near just made sun tea.
"When your dreams turn to dust, vacuum"