Gunners leaves are getting eaten by bugs!

Asked May 31, 2015, 2:55 PM EDT

Someone help! Every year my big healthy gunners leaves start to get eaten by bugs! I will take a picture of the leaves and then the bug I find on them. I am going to spray with Sevin now and hope that helps. Does anyone know what these bugs are? Are they some sort of aphid? Does anyone else have this problem?

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1 Response

Check out the linked publication from the University of Georgia - it discusses many of the pests in the landscape and various methods of control -

From your picture it appears to be some type of chewing insect that has done the damage -- a beetle most likely http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=B1074#chewing However, without a photo of the insect in action we can't be sure.

Aphids are a sucking insect and do not cause the damage your plant is experiencing. Aphids often causing plant yellowing and curling - often because they transmit disease.

The arthropod picture you sent is not of an insect -- but of a sowbug. The University of Kentucky has a publication with a photo that discusses the sowbug. This arthropod lives in the debris around the plant and usually doesn't feed on leaves.http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef439.asp

Plants can sustain a lot of damage before being harmed -- but since you are growing this plant as a specimen plant I assume you want it to be blemish-free.

Where are you? Most countries have some type of Extension System and you may try and contact them to determine if there is a local insect present that we do not have in the USA.

Good luck.