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Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)

June 5, 2001
7:57 PM

Post #5990

I have little tiny green worms on the backside of the leaves of my William Baffin rose. They're not doing a lot of damage ... chewing some holes in the leaves but not too bad. Should I ignore them or should I be concerned? I really hate to spray but if it's going to be a big problem later on I'd rather "nip it in the bud".
Kunkletown, PA
(Zone 6a)

June 6, 2001
3:15 AM

Post #80625

Their 'rose slugs', sounds nasty doesn't it, actually their sawfly larva, and depending on what kind can produce up to 6 generations a season. They do damage the leaves, actually eating the underside leaving a pale upper membrane in place, giving the leaves a see through look. I had quite a problem with them this season so far, and while they don't actually kill the leaf the leaf does degrade with time, turning brown and looking rather stressed, sometimes slowly dying. I do have some leaves that they almost completely ate. I hate the little buggers, just the word 'slug' sets me off, I imagine a large amount of them and repeated munching by them would set your plants back, so I kilt them, kilt them dead! Not with Orthene but with one of my homemade insecticidal sprays, I try to avoid the heavy stuff. You may want to do a little more research to know your enemy better so you can decide whether you'd like to off the little yuckies, cheers!!!
Kunkletown, PA
(Zone 6a)

June 6, 2001
3:50 PM

Post #80786

Karma you are such a hoot!!!!!

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