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#271442 - 03/30/2009 at 05:42 PM Black catapillar/beetle looking things with orange spots!
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Black catapillar/beetle looking things with orange spots are growing all over my grape's leaves! They are so weird looking! Any idea what they are? What will get rid of them? ~So far I have been having poor hubby squish them, LOL! He doesn't seem to mind, LOL! I really don't want to use chemicals if there is something natural.
Thanks guys!
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#271448 - 03/30/2009 at 07:54 PM Re: Black catapillar/beetle looking things with orange spots! [Re: Eva]
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 Originally Posted By: Eva
What will get rid of them? Eva


I'd find out what they are before you squash too many of them. they may be something you don't necessarily want to get rid of. (pls don't be like a buddy of mine that seven dusted the nasty caterpillars that were eating up her butterfly bush. ...only to find out later they WOULD have been butterflies.)
try googling catterpillars and grapes, or somthing similar. sometimes it's easier to id bugs by googling what they are eating on.

let us know.
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#271462 - 03/30/2009 at 08:38 PM Re: Black catapillar/beetle looking things with orange spots! [Re: cricket]
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Oh my! I didn't even think of that... Thanks!
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#271478 - 03/30/2009 at 11:19 PM Re: Black catapillar/beetle looking things with orange spots! [Re: Eva]
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#271626 - 03/31/2009 at 05:23 AM Re: Black catapillar/beetle looking things with orange spots! [Re: Bestofour]
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can you post a pic???

if not, please describe them better...small and round, skinny and long, shiny, not shiny, fly or don't fly, etc.

also, what state are you located in?

if they're not actually eating the leaves, i wouldn't worry about them.
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#271778 - 04/01/2009 at 01:47 AM Re: Black catapillar/beetle looking things with orange spots! [Re: Joclyn]
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 Originally Posted By: Joclyn
if they're not actually eating the leaves, i wouldn't worry about them.[/color]


bingo!
and SOMETIMES even if they are eating the leaves, they are providing a natural pruning that will help the health and production of your vines.

really need a pic, or more details to know for sure.
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#271824 - 04/01/2009 at 03:44 AM Re: Black catapillar/beetle looking things with orange spots! [Re: cricket]
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Ok, you know that Murphy's Law gets me every time! I have gone out there to take a picture all day and it seems they have all gone. So if they come back I will show you guys. Maybe since I am writing this they will be on there tomorrow~ just to make a lair out of me , LOL. Thanks guys for the info!
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#271860 - 04/01/2009 at 02:18 PM Re: Black catapillar/beetle looking things with orange spots! [Re: Eva]
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Eva, it's just like children. They're sneaky and make a liar out of you every time.
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#271867 - 04/01/2009 at 04:14 PM Re: Black catapillar/beetle looking things with orange spots! [Re: Bestofour]
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Yep!
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#271890 - 04/01/2009 at 07:26 PM Re: Black catapillar/beetle looking things with orange spots! [Re: Eva]
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#272059 - 04/03/2009 at 12:56 AM Re: Black catapillar/beetle looking things with orange spots! [Re: papito]
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'whats that bug' is a good website. I've used it several times.

So, did you figure out what you have Eva? are you seeing them anymore?
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#272606 - 04/05/2009 at 11:24 PM Re: Black catapillar/beetle looking things with orange spots! [Re: Eva]
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I had the same thing on my roses. I stopped squishing them when i realized they were infant lady bugs. I had purchased adult ladies 2 years ago to fight aphids.Apparently they returned to lay eggs. The juvenile LB's look weird black with orange dots, and scale type sections that seem to overlap on the back.

Perhaps the reason they disappeared is they have made their transformation. Have you seen an abundance of LB's in your yard lately?

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#272607 - 04/05/2009 at 11:27 PM Re: Black catapillar/beetle looking things with orange spots! [Re: desertangel]
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Does anyone know if the fruit of the aloe vera plant are edible?
They smell like green beans when snapped appart. I wonder if they would be good in a salad.
My aloes are so happy they have produced pods from the flowers. I have not seen this before.
Any info?

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#275973 - 04/22/2009 at 11:55 PM Re: Black catapillar/beetle looking things with orange spots! [Re: desertangel]
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Could it be a ladybug larvae, they are good to have on your plant!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/finklez/3182988594/


Edited by KeithP (04/22/2009 at 11:56 PM)

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#309601 - 03/09/2010 at 05:04 PM Re: Black catapillar/beetle looking things with orange spots! [Re: KeithP]
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I think i have something similar in my garden too... I had no idea they were good for plants but i found it gross to squash them and usually i don't use any insecticide, so that's why they had been spared till now. It's a relief to know this though, i have few pink roses in my garden and i was afraid they could be harmed by these bugs. They were a birthday gift from my best friend, and i know she would feel hurt if something happens to them.


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