Pests and Diseases forum: what pest is this?

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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
May 17, 2015 10:06 AM CST
Draining my roses of color and causing them to drop petals early Sad

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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
May 17, 2015 1:06 PM CST
I have no idea, nor, apparently, does anyone else. Can you add details?
Porkpal
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
May 17, 2015 1:14 PM CST
thanks, Porkpal. They are little bugs. They don't seem to fly. They sit in the center of the rose. The blooms are rather pale and fall off quickly. Please let me know if there's other specific info I can provide.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
May 17, 2015 1:22 PM CST
Perhaps those characteristics will ring a bell with someone; I am still clueless. I have never seen bugs like yours on any of my roses.
Porkpal
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
May 17, 2015 1:32 PM CST
I have some that at least look like those on some Roses and had them on Peonies. Be interested to hear opinions. Maybe Janet will chime in and has an idea.
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Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
May 17, 2015 6:38 PM CST
Well leave it to me to have a bizarre bug no one recognizes! Hilarious!
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― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
May 17, 2015 6:45 PM CST
@JRsbugs

Janet, any ideas?
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
May 17, 2015 7:11 PM CST
My poor eyes can't really see them in your picture. Do they have long snouts by any chance? Weevils cause plenty of havoc in our roses here, and the symptoms you've given sound similar.
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Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
May 18, 2015 4:03 AM CST
Thanks Chelle! Yes I think they are some kind of weevil. :-(
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
May 18, 2015 4:15 AM CST
Sorry to hear that. Sad I haven't found a way to control them (organically and safely), so I can't even offer any help in that area. I tried picking them off one year, but ended up doing just as much damage to the blooms as the bugs do.
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
May 18, 2015 4:36 AM CST
It's impossible to say for sure, but from the clubbed tips on the antennae, the small size and the fact they are eating pollen suggests pollen beetles. Harmless.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/756009

Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
May 18, 2015 4:44 AM CST
Thanks Janet. It does look like them! And the flowers don't have raggedy tears like the photos of weevil damage. It could be they are dropping petals due to the unseasonably hot weather we've had.

Thank You! it's a relief to know they are harmless! Thank You!
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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chelle
May 18, 2015 4:46 AM CST
That is wonderful news!
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Newest Interest: Rock Gardens


Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
May 18, 2015 4:50 AM CST
Janet is the best. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
May 18, 2015 6:48 AM CST
lovemyhouse said:Janet is the best. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby


Agree!! Hurray! thanks, Janet! Hurray!
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
Charter ATP Member Organic Gardener Garden Photography Bee Lover Dragonflies Cat Lover
Butterflies Birds Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Spiders!
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JRsbugs
May 18, 2015 8:36 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. *Blush* Thumbs up

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