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Something is sucking my Monarda

Dallas, TX

Maybe some Texans have seen this creature. I want to find out if its a good bug or a bad one.

Dallas, TX

My poor Monarda...its still trying to bloom. Now its sitting on my Dahlia! Do you believe tha brazen creature posed for the camera?
Sylvia

La Grange, TX(Zone 8b)

Are these the only photos you took of this creature?

Dallas, TX

Well no Betty..but this is the best one so far... its so docile i can probaly pick him up and do all kind of shots ... but I am scared to mess with it. It just sits there and pose. yesterday he was on some sedum...today the dahlia. I really think he is the only one. I never seen him fly or hop. What do you think it is?
Sylv

Burleson, TX(Zone 8a)

I can't tell what it is from those pics. Try to get a clearer shot. From that first one it looks sort of like an assassin type bug.

btw, my Monarda just started blooming this week.

This message was edited Jun 10, 2005 8:54 AM

La Grange, TX(Zone 8b)

I looked through my Texas Bug Book today and I have to agree with konkreteblond. Google for 'Arilus cristatus photos' to see if the bug you have looks like those photos. If it is an assassin bug, it is a beneficial bug. Just don't try to handle it. Supposedly, it can give you a painful stab.

Burleson, TX(Zone 8a)

Never touch anything that ugly.

Dallas, TX

Yes I was told on another thread that it is an assassin. Thats why I bought it to the Texas thread to see if anyone here could identify it.
Sooooo if its not this bug that doing the damage...what is? It is the only plant that looks like that....matter of fact its just the one Mornarda! The other look fine. Usually the plant multiplies really fast...this year I only see two or three plants and something has got a hold of the big one. :(
Sylvia
I will try to get a better pic...thanks guys

La Grange, TX(Zone 8b)

It might be a night muncher. You may have to go out with a flashlight. Hopefully, it's something you can catch and squash easily.

Veronica

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

I don't know if this will help,but I had some plants that were being eaten and when I looked closely under the leaves I found some tiny slugs doing the job.
I removed them and problem solved.
You might try and see, these were very small slugs, about 1/3 inch and very easy to miss.

Josephine,

Dallas, TX

Frostweed I just went out and checked under the leaves and they are clean. Strange ... its only the Monardas this is happening to. I just saw *Aaron again (*The Assassin bug) He is just sitting on the Dahlia ....lurking...tenticles waving.
Sylvia
...what they use to look like...hopefully they will come back next year...think maybe I should cut them back?

This message was edited Jun 11, 2005 10:47 PM

Burleson, TX(Zone 8a)

That's a very pretty red. I have pink, but do like it. Do you have grasshoppers? Tiny ones can do tons of damage without you ever seeing them.

Dallas, TX

No... I havent seen any grasshoppers either.......

Burleson, TX(Zone 8a)

Well, all I can say is at least it's not lace bugs!! I've got holes in some things but that doesn't compare to these horrid beasts that are sucking the life out of some other plants. At least it doesn't appear that your plant's life is in immediate danger, and it doesn't have powdery mildew. :)

Deep South Coastal, TX(Zone 10a)

I had leaf beetles, they are small and shiny black, they stripped a fuchsia in a couple of days. They move really fast and hide if you get close to them. They eat the native oenothera, fuchsia and cuphea but haven't found them on my dahlias. Monarda won't grow here so don't know if they eat that or not.

Burleson, TX(Zone 8a)

Oh, I've seen those little things too! I have never seen them before and wasn't exactly sure what they were doing. Figures!!

Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

What an ugly bug! Why is it called an assassin bug? I have monardo for the first time this year. Wanda (Wandasflowers) sent me a little dormant piece late last fall and I cannot believe what it has done so far this year. I just measured it this evening and it is 40 inches tall, 34 inches wide. First bloom!

Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

And I also planted this little dwarf this year. It is only about six inches tall and so cute.

McKinney, TX(Zone 8a)

Because it kills other bugs and sucks up their insides. LOL Maybe more than you wanted to hear at dinner time.

Dallas, TX

Oh Trunnels how healthy your plants look!
I just love that purple one.
Sylvia

Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

So it is a good bug? Where can I get one?? Sedrick, can I babysit your bug for the weekend?

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