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Saturday, 14 July 2012

Don't Be Fooled!

 
Be afraid....

Be very afraid...

These are Rosemary Beetles, they may look dashing in their stripey, metallic suits amongst the flower & foliage of summer (I use the word 'summer' loosely here) but catch one on your lavender or rosemary & they'll do this...
 
Then this...

 
According to the RHS they are a native of southern Europe but have become a pest here in ol' Blighty since the 1990s. They're about the size of a ladybird, look beautiful but boy are they a menace.
Mr TG & I had never seen them before until about 3 weeks ago, now we seem to be plagued by the critters. We have one rosemary & several lavender plants scattered about the Tidy Garden but they seem to be concentrating on just 2 plants. Only the other day Mr TG found 25 on one plant alone during one of his 'snail-bashing' rounds. You can use insecticides but have resorted to picking them off as we don't want to harm the good bugs.


Disposal of these beetles is def' a job for the boys, beetles DON'T crush neatly under 'ones' dainty trotters!




6 comments:

Ali said...

eugh!!

elaine rickett said...

I have never heard of these beetles or seen them thank goodness. How can something so small do so much damage.

Crystal said...

What's this about snail-bashing ? Poor little creatures, wouldn't harm a fly.

I don't have the Rosemary beetle because I can't grow lavender or rosemary. My dog won't let me.

Indie said...

It's always the cute, harmless looking ones that are trouble! I guess they just like dining in style..

The Idiot Gardener said...

I have a policy on living things: kill first, investigate later.

Those things would have been dead long before I knew what they were!

Beth @ Daylily Soup said...

Any pest that bothers the flowers, herbs, etc. becomes "public enemy number one!" I say destroy! Wha ha ha (that's my super hero laugh). :-)

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