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White moths that bite??

Posted by particentral 8 (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 20, 14 at 16:50

I am going to try to get a photo, but I began the challenge of pruning back the knockouts today and got ATTACKED by a small, white moth looking insect with tiny spots..HUNDREDS of them. Smaller than a half inch and wings folded on their backs......they sting or bite. I am wondering if this is why I am losing my knockouts.....any ideas? I never spray with insecticides. I have lizards, ladybugs and birds, so I usually dont need to, but these guys chased me out of my parking lot. I cannot even dump the freaking wheelbarrow.....

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RE: White moths that bite??

Easier than I thought to get a photo. I had ten of the doggone things on me after I got done posting.....if they didnt bite I wouldnt be worried but there are HUNDREDS Of them and yes, they are leaving welts.

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  • Posted by fori CA (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 20, 14 at 17:36

Looks like some flavor of homopteran leafhopper, like a big whitefly. I'm not familiar with critters in your area, but in general, it's a sucking type of insect and not nice to plants.

RE: White moths that bite??

Yes, check froghopper and leafhopper, although I never heard of them biting. Could be a mutation caused by atomic testing and we are all doomed.

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  • Posted by jim1961 6a Central Pa. (My Page) on
    Sat, Jun 21, 14 at 11:44

After some research Leafhoppers are capable of biting humans.

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Thanks, Jim.

Flower thrips can bite humans too.

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MichaelG. LOL. Atomic mutation? Yes, we are all doomed.
Totally changing the subject but when you all are out pruning and get into the roses with the little tiny prickles that stage and grab….do they make you itch?

RE: White moths that bite?? my uncle who was an agronomist with the GA Ag Dept said leafhopper of some sort and to use spinosid. Yes they could be why my roses are dying. What we dont understand is why its just an issue in this hedge and not my other roses. At this point I dont care. Lol

I itch after rose scratches. ..and I have 15-20 little red bites...and they itch. .oh the joys of gardening!

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