All Green Flying Bug

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I have discovered that if you spend long enough and watch closely enough, you will find out what you need to know about your garden.  This morning, I went to check on the peach tree and pluck the hopeless ones from the branches.  After about ten minutes of doing this, I finally spotted an all green flying insect (she’s in the pic above but you can’t really see her).  She was nearly perfectly camouflaged with the unripened peaches.  I don’t know if this is what’s plaguing my tree, but it’s the first possible predator I’ve seen after the ants.  When I went to Shannon’s on Friday (biding my time till the second plane was leaving JFK for N’awlins), I was told that the peaches with the gooey stuff coming out of them definitely have to go.  There will be no eating them.  I wondered whether they would go bad on their own, turning brown and soft, if I didn’t pick them.  I have seen some like that (see pic above of “The Bad”).  Joe at Shannon’s said that it was a sign of a bug who had gotten into the fruit.  If I understand what he said correctly, the gooey stuff is the juice of the flesh seeped out after the bug enters or leaves the fruit.  I doubt it’s the flying green thing which looked like she was happy to just hang outside the fruit and pick at it a little.

Peach Tree Critters

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Here’s a close up on the subject of my question below. This one was taken from up high, where it seems slugs would be unlikely to venture. I’m also not seeing any snails or slugs on the trunk or branches.  I picked up some PBR to lure them away, just in case.