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Ladybug type insects
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novashea    Posted 06-04-2002 at 12:05:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have ladybug type insects eating and destroying my morning glorys, hopefully they will bloom. The bug looks like a lady bug but is not the usual color, these are almost silvery or iredescent (sorry about the spelling)in color. Any idea what they are and how to get rid of them? Thanks in advance for all the suggestions.

Elly    Posted 03-11-2006 at 11:58:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You have probably solved your bug problem already, I had the same problem last year. The Bug is called Golden Tortoise Beetle. I will be trying Sevin insecticide this year, Last year I had a small patch of Morning glory and the leaves looked like swiss cheese. This year I plan to cover my fence and barn, I hope to be prepared. Good luck to you

JoeK    Posted 06-04-2002 at 19:52:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Theres literally thousands of beetles that could be your culprits,Best way to ID would be to catch a few in clean pill bottle and take em to your University or Co extension office/Ag agent.Morning Glories are a notorious insect attractor so it's blossoms AND bugs not OR. I have the Audubon Society Field Guide for Insects,and theres dozens that fit desc.

By the Way,The Audubon Society Field Guides though pricey at appx $12-14 are excellant for IDing,bugs,birds,plants,trees,snakes,lizards,wildflowers etc,etc...Wish I had em all(14-16)well eventually maybe..

screaminghollow    Posted 06-04-2002 at 12:51:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
wish I could get something to eat the morning glories. their considered weeds around here.
There is a beetle similar to a lady bug which destroys my pole beans every year. Mexican Bean Beetle. Sprays don't work all that well. Pick them off and sqash em' There is another beetle like the Mexican Bean Beetle which is also a noxious pest, Colorado beetle or somethin like that. Good luck.

Spade    Posted 06-04-2002 at 17:19:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I hace been having real good results spraying for Mexican Bean Beetles with Sevin, 50% wettable powder. Now those Colorado Potaato Beetles are something else. There are materials that are supposed to control them but they are not sold to home gardners without a license. Besides, I can't afford to purchase a gallon for two fifty foot rows of potatoes. Picking them off the vines is about the only solution.

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