POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 06, 2012
~~<p>Question: I have a rose bush in my yard with many holes in the leaves, but why don't I ever see any insects?</p>
Question: I have a rose bush in my yard with many holes in the leaves, but why don't I ever see any insects?
Answer: The holes in your leaves are most likely caused by a pale reddish-brown beetle called the Chinese rose beetle. This beetle was introduced to Hawaii before 1896 and is common in gardens today. To knowledgeably manage the Chinese rose beetle, you should know a few important facts about this pest. The beetle is nocturnal with peak feeding and mating activity 30 minutes after sunset. They hide during daylight hours. Furthermore, with our year-round growing season, your rose plants will most likely experience holes even though you try to control the beetles. Login for more...