Bugs eating hibiscus bloom

Asked September 12, 2018, 6:57 AM EDT

A ting black bug is eating buds as if they are cutting the bud right off. From the hibiscus. Do you know what this bug is and how to get rid of it ? Thanks. Pat Mitchell

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

We are not sure from your description.
Could you please take a digital photo or two of the insect you are seeing? Photos can be attached directly to this reply by using the tabs below.

Hibiscus often drop their buds for various reasons.
(This Extension publication covers some of those reasons: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/topics/lawn_garden/home_gardening/trees_shrubs/growing-the-tropical-hibis...)
Do you see it boring into the flower bud?
It's possible that the insect you are seeing just happens to be in the vicinity and is innocent.