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Margaret
I have bug that is attacking the raspberries and like plants. it is seen in pairs -rear ends joined. Help

It is eating the berries, cherries and other fruit before they are ripe, so I am not able to harvest and ripen off the bush/tree. It has been suggested that it is a harlequin bug, but reading up this does not seem to gel, as they are not sucking sap that I can see. Would really appreciate information on how to eradicate this pest. :)

Submitted: 03:57PM, 30 Dec 2011
Answer: Hi Margaret,
Harlequin bugs are rather colourful with colours ranging from black and red to reddish orange. They are, as you say, sap suckers and will cause the plant to wilt and die.

It may be a a weevil of some kind that is attacking your raspberry plants. You could try using a Pyrethrum spray. Pyrethum is a contact insecticide which works as a fast acting knockdown spray. There is a one day withholding period with this spray.

If you would like to send a photo of this insect, we can investigate further.

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Answered: 10:35AM, 03 Jan 2012

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