Bugs Flying Around Shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Kure Beach, NC
Question by cfisher742
October 21, 2000
I have planted a row of elaeganus shrubs and have noticed
rather large bugs flying and landing on my shrubs. The
shrubs now have some form of flower on them tho very
small and these bugs are a cross between a large moth
and when the wings are open which are black they almost
look like butterflies but are not. Could you tell me
what they are and if they will harm my shrubs. There
are so many of these mothlike butterflies that I hope
they are safe for the shrubs and are only attracted to
them for the smell they are sending out. Please tell
me if you can about these bugs.
Thank you very much. Christine Fisher

Answer from NGA
October 21, 2000


When any plant blooms late in the season it will attract nectar-hungry insects that are still active in the area. Your description sounds a bit like the sphinx moths. In any case, I would not expect them to harm your shrubs.

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