The Q&A Archives: Something Eating My Butterfly Bush

Question: I read the question someone asked you about something eating their butterfly bush. I have something seriously eating mine and it's eating it down to the veins. I don't have japanese beetles or catapillars. I have little teeny tiny black somethings on mine and it's eating it really bad. It's not flea beetles, either. My girlfriend and I live 2 miles apart and she has the same thing happening to hers. What can we do? It's breaking my heart.

Answer: Based on your description I'm not sure what the pest is. You might want to call your county extension (462-6700) and see if they know what has been eating butterfly bushes in your local area this season, or possibly take them a sample to identify it for you. Depending on what it is, they should also be able to tell you how best to control it as well.

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