Black Spots on All Types of Plants

OhioAmateur(5)June 12, 2005

I have small black spots appearing on all types of plants: mint, oregano, lemon balm, cup flowers, daisies, bergamot, etc. The small black spots appear first and are very close together. Some of these stay as black spots, but others have the spots turning brown and the leaves dry and curl, then holes appear.

I've found some tiny insects that are black bodied with about three bright yellow stripes down their backs. Shaped similarly to a firefly, but less than half the size. But I don't know if these are creating the black spots, or if this is a coincidence.

I've taken the plant to the local gardening center and they can't identify what is causing this. Any ideas?

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seventowers(6)

It sounds as if you have the four lined plant bug !
Here is a link for information as well as pictures and the damage they do . I had these as well on my becky diasy. I use neem oil and it works well.

http://www.ppdl.purdue.edu/ppdl/weeklypics/Weekly_Picture5-21-01-2.html

    Bookmark   June 15, 2005 at 10:36PM
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steve_in_lago

I've just found these on my herbs. I don't want to use an insecticide or a soap. Are there any organic remedies?

    Bookmark   April 23, 2006 at 10:52AM
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