The Big Bug Hunt Video Clip Competition

The Big Bug Hunt Video Clip Competition is running during spring and summer 2020.

We're looking for high-quality short clips (20 seconds max) of bugs in your garden and the organic methods to control them. Video clips need to be:

  1. Taken in landscape orientation at the highest quality your camera or phone can be set to.
  2. Steady video without the camera or phone moving. Using a tripod is ideal but leaning against a solid object or support will also work.
  3. As close as possible to the bugs (or plant if filming bug damage) without them becoming blurry.
  4. No narration - just the background sounds of your garden will be fine!

Please see our How to Submit section for competition details and how to send us your video clips. All clips used by us will be awarded prizes of between $10 and $50 depending on quality and usefulness. You can enter many different clips and have the chance to be awarded multiple prizes.

Clips Needed

Aphid, Black Bean (Blackfly) UK/EU Guide, US/CA Guide

  • Sooty deposits on beets (beetroot) and dahlias.

Aphid, Cabbage UK/EU Guide, US/CA Guide

  • Leaf curl on affected plants.
  • Any clips of parasitic wasps laying eggs in the aphids.
  • A high pressure hose spray removing a colony of cabbage aphids.
  • Applications of insecticidal soap to colony to reduce numbers (and follow-up a week later).
  • Any action of predators such as lady beetles (ladybirds), lacewings etc on the cabbage aphids.

Aphid, General UK/EU Guide, US/CA Guide

  • Smearing aphids off infested areas with hands in gardening gloves.
  • Applications of insecticidal soap to colony to reduce numbers (and follow-up a week later).

Apple Maggot [USA] Guide

  • Larvae inside apples or other fruit.
  • Small rice-like maggots in apples that have dropped to the ground.
  • Sticky pheromone traps catching apple maggot flies.
  • Adult apple maggot flies on any plant (e.g. apples, hawthorn).
  • Comparison shots of some apples which have not been protected and which show infestation, compared to those which were protected with e.g. clear plastic bags around fruit.

Armyworms [USA] Guide

  • Eggs laid on the crown of seedlings.
  • Eggs laid on the underside of older leaves.
  • Eggs hatching into tiny caterpillars.
  • Larvae in various states and sizes (markings change and darken over time).
  • Adult armyworm moths (which are nocturnal) - there are several types of hawkmoth - any clips.
  • Armyworms or moths feeding at night, ragged leaves.
  • Unfurling foliage and finding armyworms which are hiding during the day.
  • Gouges in tomato fruits made by armyworms.
  • Armyworm burrowing into corn ears or lettuce.
  • Any prevention techniques which involve handpicking and removing or drowning armyworms.
  • Looking under leaves and finding armyworms.
  • Birds or any wasps predating on armyworms.
  • Treating bad infestations with Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) or spinosad-based organic pesticides.

Asiatic Garden Beetle [USA] Guide

  • Larvae feeding from roots of grasses or weeds in spring.
  • Larvae damage to germinating corn in ground, holes, frass etc.
  • Adult Asiatic garden beetle at night.
  • Damage to plants such as ragged holes in leaves or petals, defoliation of fruit trees etc., particularly if the beetle is present.
  • Asiatic garden beetle on orange hawkweed or other common plants.
  • Removing orange hawkweed (a preferred host plant for this pest), particularly if white grubs are found at the roots.
  • Hand-picking beetles at night using a flashlight or light trap. When disturbed the beetles often drop to the ground so a clip showing this with a bowl of soapy water, pizza box or sheet to catch them would be ideal.
  • Fabric row covers being used to protect crops from the Asiatic garden beetle.

Asparagus Beetle UK/EU Guide, US/CA Guide

  • Eggs laid on the spears or flower buds.
  • Larvae - light grey with a black head - on the plant. Different stages would be good.
  • Adult asparagus beetle, particularly feeding on the spears.
  • Fusarium wilt on the spears due to asparagus beetle damage.
  • Hand-picking asparagus beetles and disposing of in water or to chickens.
  • Removing old fronds and weeds from the asparagus patch in early winter and composting them. Gloved hands due to asparagus fern skin irritation.

Cabbage Root Maggot (Cabbage Root Fly) UK/EU Guide, US/CA Guide

  • Any footage of adult flies.
  • Adults caught on yellow sticky pads suspended above brassica plants.
  • Putting floating row covers (horticultural fleece) over brassica plants to prevent cabbage root maggot.
  • Any predators eating cabbage root maggots, e.g. ground beetles.
  • Removing badly infected plants and swishing the roots in warm water to remove the maggots.

Carrot Rust Fly (Carrot Root Fly) UK/EU Guide, US/CA Guide

  • Larvae in carrot, celery or parsnips.
  • Any shots of adult carrot rust flies.
  • Pulling back row cover to weed between plants after rain.

Codling Moth UK/EU Guide, US/CA Guide

  • Codling moth eggs on leaves or fruit, particularly if the moth is around. The female moth is slightly larger and has slightly darker top wings.
  • The actual maggot within an apple or pear.
  • The caterpillar's exit hole on fruit.

Colorado Potato Beetle [USA] Guide

  • Yellow eggs on underside of leaves.
  • Checking for eggs (and finding them).
  • Snipping off leaves when eggs are found.
  • Composting affected material.
  • Shots of the larvae and pupae.
  • Adult Colorado potato beetles - both young ones which have just emerged and more mature ones later in the season.
  • Looking for the adults and finding them.
  • Larvae feeding on foliage or flowers.
  • Adults defoliating plants or feeding on flowers.
  • Bug on potatoes and on eggplant.
  • Crushing or otherwise destroying adults found in spring.
  • Hand-picking larvae and adults and dropping them into a container of soapy water.
  • Any predators of the beetles interacting with them.

Corn Borer [USA] Guide

  • Larvae - immature caterpillars in corn stalks.
  • Older caterpillars in corn tassels / silks.
  • Pupae overwintering in corn stalks.
  • Adult corn borer moth (male and female are different).
  • Round holes chewed in the stalks of corn where the borer has entered.
  • Fallen corn stalks showing where it has broken in.
  • Rotting of affected peppers.
  • Any predators of the larvae (wasps, lady beetles, lacewings).
  • Composting affected stalks.
  • Treating bad infestations with Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) or spinosad-based organic pesticides.

Corn Ear Worm [USA] Guide

  • Eggs on corn silks or hatching.
  • Larvae - clips of different stages, feeding on tomatoes or corn.
  • Larvae which have burrowed into the corn ear.
  • Larvae entry hole on corn husk.
  • Applying a few drops of canola or olive oil into the corn ear tips as soon as silks emerge, or other control techniques.
  • Feeding pupae to chickens.
  • Opening corn ear, removing caterpillar and closing up ear again (perhaps with a clothes peg).

Cucumber Beetle, Spotted [USA] Guide

  • Cucumber beetle larvae.
  • Larvae damaging roots of young plants such as corn.
  • Corn with damaged roots due to cucumber beetle.
  • Adults on fruits of cucurbit family plants (cucumber, melon, squash) or corn.
  • Applying floating row covers to protect susceptible squash, melon or cucumber plants.
  • Yellow sticky traps being used to monitor populations or trap cucumber beetles.

Cucumber Beetle, Striped [USA] Guide

  • Cucumber beetle eggs on the base or roots of cucumbers or squash.
  • Root damage by larvae of cucumber beetle.
  • Flowers eaten by cucumber beetles.
  • Applying floating row covers to protect susceptible squash, melon or cucumber plants.
  • Handpicking cucumber beetles, perhaps knocking onto a sheet on the ground first.
  • Using a vacuum cleaner to hoover up the beetles.

Cutworm UK/EU Guide, US/CA Guide

  • Variegated cutworm.
  • Adult forms of both types of cutworm moths.
  • Damage to roots caused by cutworms.
  • Any plants which have fallen down due to feeding of cutworms at the base.
  • Shallow hoeing around plants to expose cutworms.

Diamond Back Moth (Cabbage Moth) UK/EU Guide, US/CA Guide

  • Eggs of diamondback moth on cabbage, collards or broccoli leaves (or possibly wallflowers or stocks).
  • Diamondback moth caterpillars on underside of leaves.
  • Larvae damage to leaves of brassicas. Extreme defoliation as well.
  • Caterpillars on winter cress being used as a trap crop to lure them away from the main crop.
  • Disposing of caterpillars - chopping up winter cress, composting etc.
  • Wasps or hornets devouring young caterpillars.

Earwigs UK/EU Guide, US/CA Guide

  • Female earwig with eggs and nest if possible.
  • Larvae in various stage.
  • Earwigs making holes in leaves or foliage (e.g. dahlias) or fruits (e.g. strawberries)
  • Earwigs in a family group under flowerpots etc.

Flea Beetle UK/EU Guide, US/CA Guide

  • Application of spinosad for bad infestations.

Fungus Gnat UK/EU Guide, US/CA Guide

  • Fungus gnat maggots.
  • Flies hovering near potted plants - will need very close-up photography.

Grasshopper [USA] Guide

  • Elongated egg pods in the soil.
  • Egg pods opened up to show how many there are in a pod.
  • Nymphs at various stages.
  • Different colored adult forms.
  • Grasshopper damage to stems and leaves, particularly of corn, cabbage, beans or anything else attacked.
  • Chickens controlling grasshoppers.
  • Birds or guinea hens eating grasshoppers.
  • Row covers being used to protect plants from grasshoppers.

Greenhouse Whitefly UK/EU Guide, US/CA Guide

  • Clouds of whitefly feeding on plants under cover and taking off if disturbed.
  • Ants farming whitefly.
  • Whitefly on vegetable seedlings.
  • Use of yellow sticky traps to control whitefly.
  • Small wasps predating whiteflies.
  • Application of insecticidal soap to control whitefly.
  • Application of Encarsia parasites to control whitefly.
  • Using a vacuum cleaner to suck up the whitefly.

Gypsy Moth [USA] Guide

  • Egg masses on tree trunks
  • Caterpillars emerging from eggs.
  • Caterpillars hanging from silken threads.
  • Scraping egg masses into a container of soapy water.
  • Pheromone baited traps in trees
  • Spraying egg masses with horticultural oil.

Harlequin Bug (Calico Bug) [USA] Guide

  • Distinctive black and white eggs laid in clutches of 12.
  • Checking on cabbage leaves and finding eggs. Destroying the eggs.
  • Trap cropping using mustards, cleomes etc to prevent harlequin bugs.
  • Pheromone traps being used to disorientate the females.

Japanese Beetle [US] Guide

  • Japanese beetle grubs in turf.
  • Larvae emerging from grass.
  • Knocking Japanese beetles off plants onto cloth or card to collect and drown in soapy water.
  • Hand-picking Japanese beetles off plants.
  • Feeding Japanese beetles to chickens.
  • Application of milky spore to affected turf.

Mexican Bean Beetle [USA] Guide

  • Looking for and finding eggs of Mexican bean beetle on the underside of bean leaves.
  • Scraping eggs off leaves with a dull knife.
  • Larvae at various stages.
  • Adult forms of bean beetle on leaves or bean pods.
  • Hand-picking adults off plants and disposing of them or feeding to chickens.
  • Damaged plants, particularly if the adult beetles are present.
  • Removing all plant debris around affected plants.
  • Any predators attacking Mexican bean beetles (e.g. pedio wasps).

Onion Root Maggot (Onion Root Fly) UK/EU Guide, US/CA Guide

  • Tunnels in onions, particularly if maggots are present.
  • Black rot caused by bacterial damage due to maggot.
  • Onion plants stunted or yellowed by onion root maggots. Composting damaged plants.
  • Adult flies and/or yellow sticky traps to catch them.

Pea Moth UK/EU Guide, US/CA Guide

  • Eggs on the outside of an immature pea pod (hard to spot as they are tiny green scales).
  • Damage inside the pea pods as they are being opened.
  • Male or female pea moth around plants.
  • Composting affected pods.

Plant Bug (Mirid Bug) [USA] Guide

  • Finding eggs of plant bugs on underside of leaves
  • Nymphs of tarnished plant bug or four-lined plant bug.
  • Damage by plant bugs to any plants (apples, pears, stone fruits, alfalfa etc).
  • Using row covers to prevent problems.
  • Using sticky traps to control adult plant bugs.
  • Collecting plant bugs on sheets below a plant as they have a natural instinct to fall forwards.
  • Any clips of predators attacking plant bugs.

Plum Curculio [USA] Guide

  • Raised hump on immature fruit, any eggs if possible to see.
  • Fingernail split in fruit.
  • Tunnelling of larvae through plums, peaches or apples.
  • Diseased fruit as a result of being attacked.
  • Shaking trees to dislodge curculio onto a sheet and then dropping them into soapy water or feeding to chickens.

Sawfly UK/EU Guide, US/CA Guide

  • Eggs being inserted into leaf surfaces by different types of sawfly
  • Sawfly caterpillars defoliating plants.
  • Birds or other predators feeding on sawfly.
  • Removing larvae by hand.
  • Application of insecticidal soap to control them.

Spider Mite (Red Spider Mite) UK/EU Guide, US/CA Guide

  • Spider mite webbing and mottled leaves.
  • Spider mites feeding.
  • Drought-stressed plants affected by spider mite.
  • Spraying affected plants with fine mist of water, including underside of leaves.
  • Checking for spider mites under leaves and finding them.

Squash Bugs [USA] Guide

  • Checking squash leaves for eggs. Finding them and crushing them.
  • Damage to plants by squash bugs including ragged leaves, damage to flowers, wilting plants, damage to fruit etc.
  • Collecting squash bugs and dropping them into soapy water (or feeding to chickens) to dispose of them.

Squash Vine Borer[USA] Guide

  • Looking for eggs at the base of leaf stalks and finding them.
  • Affected plants which have rotted in the vine and are wilting or dying.
  • Removing protective row covers when squashes flower and need pollination.

Tomato Hornworm [USA] Guide

  • Tomato hornworm eggs near to the stem of the plant. Looking for eggs under leaves and finding them.
  • Spotted hawkmoth which lays eggs.
  • Tomato or pepper damage from hornworms including frass and chewed fruit.
  • Digging around tomato plants in fall to expose the pupae.

Vine Weevil [UK and Europe] Guide

  • Picking off vine weevil and disposing of in bucket of water.
  • Checking leaves and finding vine weevil.

Wireworm (Click Beetle) UK/EU Guide, US/CA Guide

  • Larvae in carrots, potatoes, beets (beetroot) or any root crop.
  • Different larvae sizes and stages.
  • The adult form (click beetles)
  • Harvesting crops and finding wireworm in them.
  • Turning over soil and encouraging birds to eat wireworm.

How to Submit Your Video

Video clips can be sent by Smash or to
videocompetition (at) (please replace '(at)' with the @ symbol).
By submitting video, you agree to the Competition Rules below.

Please include the following in your Smash or WeTransfer message:

  • The name of the bug you have filmed and a brief description of the video clip(s)
  • Your full name and address
  • The email address at which you can receive PayPal payment, should your entry be selected for use.
Thank you for entering our competition and for helping us produce videos that will enable gardeners to identify pests and use environmentally-friendly organic ways to control them We couldn't carry out this important work without the help of people like you contributing!

Competition Rules

  1. This competition is run by Growing Interactive Limited (hereafter referred to as the Sponsor), a UK-based company which provides garden planning software and websites and which runs The Big Bug Hunt international citizen science project. The Sponsor's privacy policy is linked at the bottom of this page.
  2. The competition runs from April 2020 to the end of the year. Entrants should check this page regularly to make sure that video clips they submit are on the 'Clips Needed' list. Once sufficient clips have been obtained for each bug, that item will be removed from this page and further submissions will not be eligible for consideration.
  3. Anyone is eligible to enter this competition, may do so multiple times and may be eligible for multiple payments for separate video clips. Employees of the Sponsor and their families, suppliers of the Sponsor and other associates are not eligible to receive payments.
  4. Entries will be judged by the team responsible for video production at the Sponsor. Payment will be made for any entries which are used in the production of a video either shortly after entry or which may be used in the future. Payments will range between US$10 and US$50 per video clip, depending on length, usefulness, uniqueness and quality of the video. The distribution of payments will depend on the quantity and quality of submitted content. The Sponsor intends to pay at least three top payments ($50) and a selection of lower payments in consideration of the criteria listed above. In total the Sponsor expects to award at least 100 payments if sufficient video to cover all Clips Needed is submitted and quite probably significantly more than that. The judges decision will be final in determining which clips are used (and paid for) and what value is paid for each clip.
  5. As well as payments for video clips used, the Sponsor may also at its sole discretion, choose to designate awards for best clips in certain categories. Such awards will be announced through the Sponsor's social media channels and/or The Big Bug Hunt website and email newsletters, and winning entrants will be acknowledged.
  6. By submitting video to this competition, you agree to abide by these competition rules and accept the decisions of the Sponsor as final and binding. You may notify us by email that you wish to remove video clip(s) from entry at any point before the final allocation of prize payments has been made.
  7. By entering the competition all entrants grant to the Sponsor the right to publish and use their video clips on the internet, including but not limited to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media as well as on any websites or apps created by the Sponsor. No fees will be payable for any of the above uses beyond the initial competition payment. Use of the video clips will not include entrants' names as we intend to combine many clips into videos that help instruct gardeners without the distraction of accreditation.
  8. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all video clips entered and must have obtained permission of any people featured in the entries or their parents/guardians if children under 16 are featured. Further, entrants must not have breached any laws when taking their video clips.
  9. Entries should be submitted according to the instructions given in the 'How to Submit Your Video' section above. The Sponsor will not be obliged to acknowledge submissions and cannot be held liable for any submissions not received.
  10. Payment will be made by PayPal in US dollars. If your account is in a different currency, PayPal will convert this to your own currency at the current exchange rate. By entering you acknowledge that you are able to receive payment via PayPal or that you are happy to forego payment and still grant the Sponsor the rights of use of the video clips as set out above.
  11. The Sponsor reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  12. If any entrant is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made, the Sponsor reserves the right to use the submitted video clip without payment. If the entrant subsequently contacts the sponsor up to 12 months after the material was submitted, payment will still be made.
  13. These rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales. This competition is administered by Growing Interactive Limited. You may contact us via our Contact page.

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