Rose Beetles

Sometimes we suddenly notice holes or chewed leaves on our trees - usually soft-leafed deciduous trees. These may be caused by different caterpillars or beetles or by the night feeding brown rose beetle.

They are easily recognized as they are extremely common. They are attracted by light and fly into rooms throughout the world, banging noisily against lamps and walls. During the day they burrow into the soil.

Their grubs are obscene white caterpillar's with a brown head and grayish bottom end. The grubs feed on the roots of plants or stems below soil surface.

Control is by hand picking at night or spraying with an appropriate insecticide.

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Flapping away in autumn rain

Last old slow heron. ~ Anon

Random Bonsai Tip

Tying roots - Rubber rings (approx one centimeter thick) cut from a motor car tube, have many uses. For example use to tie roots in a Root over rock planting - they also make good garters!