Are you a Good Bug or a Bad Bug? and another "what the hell *AM* I growing?"

Have a plant growing which I thought was coriander (first time trying, but now I think it is just a weed). Found little larvae living inside the leaves. Are these good guys or bad? Found a lacey-winged thing on the bottom of a leaf but killed it beyond recognition.
The larvae...
http://photos.yahoo.com/ph/royalfrazier/detail?.dir=/c8d7&.dnm44f.jpg
The Weed? Herb? http://photos.yahoo.com/ph/royalfrazier/detail?.dir=/c8d7&.dnm 65.jpg Dill, Parsley, Oregano and a Thunberbia vine in backgrounds.
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On 7/26/04 2:40 PM, in article snipped-for-privacy@4ax.com,

The plant looks like a dock! Cheryl
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Doesn't looks like any of the pictures of Dock that I could find. Wild or Curly Dock look more like horseradish to my eyes.
This plant has whitish coloration at the stem of new leaves. The leaves are totally flat. It has one main stem with new stem branching from the crothces of lower leaves. The flower heads are beginning to develop at the uppermost stem--which is why I need to know if it is a weed. It is about one foot tall.
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On 7/26/04 3:14 PM, in article snipped-for-privacy@4ax.com,

I know it as sheep's dock or lamb dock!
Cheryl
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wrote:

i think those are miners or similar fly maggot

chenopodium sp, unless you seeded it, it's a "weed". i've seen it in disturbed soil in horse paddocks. (very disturbed soil!)
there are many sp of chenopodium
http://plants.usda.gov/cgi_bin/gallery_page.cgi?earl=gallery.cgi&category=genus&classes=all&sort=scisort&txtparm=Cheno podium&wetland=all&origin=all&results=thumbnails&pagenum=1
seedlings http://ag.arizona.edu/crops/images/database/weeds/index_3.html
i tried getting this list of weeds for NE, but the page is down (?)
anyway, you can drag names from the list into google's bar such as http://images.google.com/images?q=%22Chenopodium+pumilio%22&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&safe=off&sa=N&tab=wi

FYI, i'm near SF in CA

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DigitalVinyl wrote:

Looks like Lamb's Quarters to me, although the leaves are greener than the ones I have growing.
Kate
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it is definitely lamb quarters, a.k.a. lamb dock or chenopodium album (album=white, due to the whitish colour of new leaves). since I see you have a few, it is edible as a potherb (cook the leaves as you would chard), very nutritious but not the tastiest green veg. If you let it go to seed, next year you will have enough lamb quarters to feed the whole family for the summer.
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snipped-for-privacy@my-deja.com (simy1) wrote:

Thanks to all I yanked it the other day along with the leaf worms in it. Whatever bug it was it really liked that one plant. All the surrounding plants were untouched on the entire bakers rack of plants were untouched.
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