Wine & Roses Weigilia Insects

GaryV8IsaacsonJuly 21, 2013

I have 4 Wine and Roses Weigilia in a border Planting. The plantings are in Cypress mulch, and was refreshed with about another inch. 3 of the plants are invested with what appear to me to be baby boxelder bugs. There are literally hundreds of them. When I refreshed the mulch I was very careful to keep the mulch away from the base of the plants. I should also note that every fall we have hudreds of mature boxeider bugs on the southern exposure brick wall of our home. Spraying these with a mixture of dishwasher soap and water kills them instantly. These little buggers are tough, run for cover. Back within minutes. That is why the question of what they might be. Bright red oblong bodies, with black tinges. About 1/4 inch long. There are 3 Carnival Weigilia, with in 3 feet, now probably 3 years old and not a bug. One of the wine and roses planted at the same time as the other 3 and part of that "lazy" diamone has also not been infected, at least not yet?.

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

all those words... and yet.. not a single one.. about any damage to your shrubs ...

and unless there is damage... i dont understand why you would be concerned ...

you gotta get over you hatred of these bugs... lol ..

since i never have associated them with damage to anything .... i am rather entertained by them .... and if they are doing something to the box elder .. i wish them luck.. i hate that maple-like tree ... lol

ken

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 9:25AM
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MulchMama

Yeah, I was waiting to read about the damage too...and once again we see any insect hanging around a plant as a suspicious character.

Stop profiling the insects. Most are not harmful. If you see no damage, forget about it and go enjoy your garden. Kill a boxelder bug that's crawling on your TV screen. Outdoors, leave them be. It's their turf.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 2:18PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

now.. the real kicker..

minutes after typing that i am entertained by BE bugs.. i call the neighbor.. and she is at wits end over them.. lol ... crawling all over the house.. inside.. outside.. etc .... calling lawn service for spraying.. etc..

then i realized... my BE bugs are 150 feet from the house..near the tree.. all over my barn..

and that is why mine are entertaining.. and hers are mind bending..

so.. moral of the story.. location.. location.. location...

ken

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 12:03PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Gary, there are several insects with that characteristic red and black coloring, especially when they are still nymphs. A couple of crisp, close images will allow for an accurate ID.

This post was edited by rhizo_1 on Thu, Jul 25, 13 at 6:57

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 6:53AM
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judith745

Can someone please help? Last fall we had the landscape guy pull four ugly cedars out of our front landscape. He suggested that we replace them with Weigilia which are easier to control plus there will be a flash of color across in front of the porch. The problem is that I really don't care for the pink with reddish leaves. I have seen pictures of Weigilia that tend toward lavender with green and cream leaves. Now it's time to plant and I can't find the ones I want. I did find one named Monet that was perfect but it was a dwarf and I need regular sized plants. I'm running out of time. I would really appreciate any suggestions and help that I can get. Thank you. I live in the Buffalo,NY area.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 11:28AM
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