Insect Eating Hibiscus Leaves and Cutting Off Flower Buds
Q: I couldn’t catch a picture of the flying insect as it was too fast. I took pictures of the damage on my hibiscus. What can I do to eradicate it?
A: Without seeing the insect, it if difficult to tell if that insect caused this particular damage. The chewed leaves are the result of caterpillar damage and the use of a product such as Thuricide should stop that if used regularly.
There are two culprits that cause buds to drop off early, the recently introduced flower bud midge and a group of caterpillar larvae that feed inside the buds. These can be prevented by spraying the newly developing buds with a product such as Ortho Rose and Flower Insect Killer. Always read and follow the directions on the pesticide container for your safety and consistent control of the pests.