ashids on lonicera heckroti and no cedar wax wings in the amelanchiar

Asked May 17, 2016, 3:18 PM EDT

I have an old well- established plant which has aphids sucking the life out of the new shoots. This is a first and although I don't think there is anything to do, I wonder what could have brought on this infestation. As for the birds---two days ago they returned as usual about May 15. But they evidently didn't like this years berry crop and we haven't seen them again after day 1. Such beautiful birds. We sorely miss them.

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Honeysuckle can be susceptible to aphids, a sucking insect. It really does not kill the plant. Be patient. Usually predators such as lady bird beetles move in to take care of the aphids.
We are not bird experts but it sounds like they have moved on. You can contact the Md Ornithological Society for more information