Bugs Eating My Dahlia, Rose of Sharon and Butterfly Bush!

slr8June 23, 2008

Hi everyone. I am noticing the same green bug on my Rose of Sharon (which by the pictures you will see is turning yellow now), on my Dahlia and my Butterfly Bush. Is he the one who is eating these plants...I have to assume so. Just checking before I try to get rid of them. Does anyone have an idea of how to do so?

The other bug, below, was on the dahlia as well.

Do I need to worry about these bugs? What can I do?

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anitamo(5)

The last one looks like a four lined plant bug. Not sure on the others.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2008 at 12:23AM
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slr8

Yeah it does look like one. It just seems like mine has yellow lines on a black body, but the ones I see on the internet look like black lines on a yellow body? Still the same???? I will have to look to see if it is a bad bug. What the heck is the other more creepy bug???

    Bookmark   June 24, 2008 at 7:26AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

The other two look like grasshopper nymphs. Two different species, I believe. The second one appears to be the nymph of the longhorned grasshopper.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 24, 2008 at 12:18PM
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slr8

Oh, I like grasshoppers. I don't find them creepy. Didn't realize that these were them...They are bad for the garden, aren't they, but most people just leave them alone because they don't tend to kill the plant, right?

Why are the plants turning yellow???

    Bookmark   June 26, 2008 at 11:26AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

A few grasshoppers won't eat too much, but I suspect that you'll find more if you look hard enough. They'll probably be easier to catch while they are still nymphs, if you have a mind to.

Can't help you with the yellowing.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2008 at 1:26PM
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slr8

Ok thanks. I saw one of these nymphs on my elephant ear (which is just starting out) and I caught him easily and threw him over the fence. I was super mad...I wonder if there will come a time when I will kill them...not sure but he was easily caught. I see them from time to time but there doesn't seem to be too many. They camouflage well though.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2008 at 8:07PM
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