Tiny Bright Orange Eggs? under Rose Leaves? PICS
I am usually on the Home Decorating Forum here at GW but I have a Rose problem and found this main Rose Forum and hope someone here can help me.
It's unusual but the last couple weeks have been rather rainy where I live.
I didn't really do my normal morning walk around the gardens to check on things.
Today was really nice for the first time in over a week so I got out my garden tools and decided to spend the day playing in the gardens.
Just around dusk I noticed in the thick center of my Double Delight Rose Tree quite a few yellow leaves.
It's very unusual for this Double Delight to have yellow leaves unless I've left town for a few days and leave someone else to do the watering/caring for my plants.
My first thought was all the rain, the center/thickest part of the tree wasn't drying out completely causing so many leaves to yellow.
Then I decided to thin out that thick part of the tree.
When I clipped the first two leaves I noticed when they dropped in the pail that there were all these bright orange dots, almost fluorescent orange, like insect eggs, on the underside of the leaves.
I stopped clipping and started checking instead.
Sure enough, there were lots and lots of leaves that were covered on the underside with these bright orange eggs.
I put a leaf in a plastic baggy, brought it in next to my computer and after dinner started searching for what these eggs might be from, so that I could treat the tree with the proper spray.
I've searched high and low and maybe I'm not wording my searches correctly because I found every yellow insect egg there is to be known but no bright orange eggs.
Maybe they aren't eggs at all, maybe they are the actual insect?
I am also concerned because I've never had to use anything on my roses in almost 20 years.
The few aphids got sprayed with the hose.
The few grasshoppers got eaten by my dog.
I have hummingbirds, lots of them.
I don't want to treat these eggs (if that's what they are?) with anything that will harm my hummers.
Does anyone have any suggestions, advice for me?
I'd truely appreciate it!