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Leaf Beetle on roses




Category: Roses | Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 7:43 pm

This is a type of Leaf beetle. Because of the exetreme damage it did to my roses Ive decided to start a blog on just this critter.



Damage done to roses



If you see damage done to the rose that looks like the roses above, pull the petals off and you will see this beetle inside.

I was testing different organic treatments on my roses. The Don Juan wasnt treated and it went through the blooms in a matter of two days.

I treated all my roses with a health does of cayenne pepper spray yesterday. I get up this morning and went to check on them. Not a bug anywhere on my roses EXCEPT for this beetle. Over night , it took out the blooms on my Blue Girl, Knockout Rose (which is pest resistant), Gold MasterPeice , Cyrstal Fairy and all my mini roses. It attacks only the flowers and the results are devasting.

I grabbed a few samples of the beetle and headed to the closest pest control company. I had a good talk with one of the tecs. He said that the leaf beetle, of any sort, will destroy anything with a leaf or bloom. But this kind is just on the blooms and he says that he nor his co workers have ever seen this beetle before (he kept the samples). I told him about trying to use only organic treatments and he only shook his head. He says that the only thing that will wipe these guys (leaf beetles) is Melothion Liquid.

Sadly, I will have to chemically treat my roses.

Below is a link to leaf beetles with pics.
http://www.uga.edu/vegetable/beetles.html

The closest I could come to IDing this beetle was the Sweet Potato Flea Beetle and the Bean Leaf Beetle.

Warning! They do bite!


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Comments

 

eileen wrote on Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:42 pm:


Really dreadful damage!!! I hope the treatment you use works and that you never have any trouble with them again.




 

Gardenstew wrote on Fri Jun 16, 2006 3:16 pm:


That's terrible destruction Pinkie. I wouldn't feel bad about going "chemical" on this critter!




 

glendann wrote on Sun Jun 18, 2006 4:25 pm:


Oh Denee I'm so sorry to see that little twit makeing suck a mess out of your roses. How does such a small critter do so much damage?





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