inchworm?

lolear(5b - Chicago)June 1, 2009

The tiny green inch-worm-looking thing was eating my rose bud! Not the leaf but the unopened flower! I saw previous posts that described something like it and identified as rose slugs, but those seemed to be effecting the leaves. Is this the same? Best solution?

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Typically, inch worms (true caterpillars) are the culprit of rose bud damage. These little insects look quite different from rose sawflies, at least to me. Regardless, inspection and hand removal is helpful, especially if you've only observed one or two.

How many roses do you have?

    Bookmark   June 2, 2009 at 12:44PM
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lolear(5b - Chicago)

I've only seen the one so far, will keep an eye on it, though. I have 3 roses, all different kinds, I don't know what they are since they came with the house... If I post pics perhaps someone can ID them for me? Thanks!

    Bookmark   June 2, 2009 at 3:19PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Post a picture...we LOVE pictures! If you can't post one, then feel free to email them to me directly.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 1:55PM
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lolear(5b - Chicago)

I have some pics just posted on the "roses" forum titled "id these roses". Thanks!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 2:06PM
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gardenfanatic(MO zone5b)

It's probably the tobacco budworm, and they're very difficult to control. The moth actually lays the eggs in unopened buds, so they're eaten from the inside out.

If you apply BT, it usually doesn't faze them because they're not eating the part of the plant that has BT on it.

Deanna

    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 11:23PM
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lolear(5b - Chicago)

Deanna, maybe not. The inchworm I saw was on the outside of the bud. I picked it off and have not seen another one. Maybe it was a fluke? It has also been rather colder than usual - I don't know how that affects the insect populations. Keeping an eye on it.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2009 at 9:57AM
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