Pest on butterfly bush

gobluedjmJuly 18, 2010

Anbody know what this bug is? It does fly. Is this a good pest or bad pest? I have 2 buddleia's and both had one of these bugs on it. The bug is about 1 to 1 1/4 inch long.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

'Good pest'???

One of the many, many spp of long-horned beetle. Some eat ornamentals. Personally I don't recognize that one. IME the bothersome butterfly bush pests are the ones on the flowers, otherwise the plant simpy outgrows anything chewing on a leaf.

Dan

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 5:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I don't recognize this one, either, other than it being one of the longhorns. Adult longhorn beetles, depending upon their species, feed on foliage and stems, or nectar and pollen. Their larvae are usually borers found in decaying or rotting wood. Some very important species have become major pests, though, as they bore into live wood.

Are your longhorn beetles feeding on the foliage (as the image would suggest) or on the flowers? Any chance of more images? I feel like this picture isn't showing us all that we need to make an ID.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 11:27PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gobluedjm

I think what is eating the foilage is earwigs.
They don't seem to move very much and prefer to crawl rather than fly away when watering.
They are only on the main stems and now 1 bush has 2 of them.
When one did fly he did land on the flower but didn't stay there very long.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 7:21PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gobluedjm

rhizo, I googled on longhorn orange and black and I think its a Tragidion densiventre.
But I still don't know if they will harm or end up killing my 2 butterfly bushes.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 7:52PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
coleus crisis -- leafhopper/ weevil/ cyclamen mites combo?
I have been having a lot of trouble with my coleus...
brown_panda
ID please
Found a bunch of these crawling around my rain barrel....
woohooman
Help for my Privet
I have two large privets outside on my Patio, (i live...
estesdv
A rabbit! Argh!
Of all the problems I expected in a suburban dessert,...
deserthawk
Black/brown dots on basil, diamond-shaped bugs
Hello, So, something has been injuring my basil plant....
yotekai
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™