Plant ID forum: Mystery plant with mystery insect

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Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
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Draconiusultamius
May 10, 2018 3:49 PM CST
I've seen this plant year after year and it always seems to have evidence of caterpillars in the spring. I've never been able to ID the plant or find the caterpillars, but I think I'll be able to do one if I get the other. It's also always heavily infested with aphids in the late spring and has these huge flower stalks that produce seeds.
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HamiltonSquare
May 10, 2018 4:58 PM CST
I can see HollyHock seed pods and stems in the photo.
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Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
May 10, 2018 5:07 PM CST
I agree, it looks like Hollyhock!



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Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
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Draconiusultamius
May 10, 2018 7:24 PM CST
Thanks! I'll see if I can figure out where the caterpillars are now. :)
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
May 11, 2018 8:55 AM CST
I wonder if the pest affecting your plant might be the Hollyhock Weevil? These pages have information about the weevil and how to control them:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.c...
https://wiki.bugwood.org/HPIPM...
https://bspm.agsci.colostate.e...
https://pnwhandbooks.org/insec...
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