Monday, June 6, 2011
These beetles like rose pollen so much that they rarely wait for the bloom to open and give up its delicious treat, instead the beetle will chew a hole through the side of the rose bud to reach the pollen. The female will lay her eggs in the fruit (rose hips) of the plant and the resulting larvae will develop inside. This feeding can cause significant damage to roses, much to the irritation of rose gardeners everywhere. There are over the counter pesticides you can use to treat your roses to eliminate these garden pests. They typically prefer wild roses over cultivars and seem to like white or yellow roses best.