Jack in the Pulpit plant

Asked September 14, 2019, 1:31 PM EDT

I was transplanting some Jack in the Pulpit corms, moving them just off our foot path in the woods so they would not get trampled next Spring. Every one of the dozen I moved, had these larvae looking insects on the corm ( see photo). What are they? How do they impact the plant? Should I be concerned? Thank you!

Montgomery County Maryland flowers root aphids

3 Responses

The insects look like root aphids. We recommend that you hose off the aphids and spray with insecticidal soap before you replant. Here is more on root aphids https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/beetle-grubs-root-feeding-insects-flowers

Marian

Thank you! This is useful information.