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What is this bug on my rose and wierd disease?

Hiya, is this a good or a bad bug it’s sat on my rose and his head wiggles 
also I have loads of tacky shiny leaves on a few of my roses. I have some aphids but didn’t spray as I have an organic veg plot nearby 
any tips on what this bug is and why my rose leaves are shiny 


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  • Holly 3Holly 3 Posts: 36
    Here is the shine my phone won’t pick it up but it’s like sparkly sugar 
    I’ve kept roses for years even with aphids and never had this 


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  • Valley GardenerValley Gardener Rhondda ValleyPosts: 2,361
    What a strange looking bug,it's almost a caterpillar at one end,I don't think I've ever seen anything like it.
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,481
    I think it's a lacewing larva ... almost ready to turn into an adult lacewing ... one of the good guys feasting on your aphids  :)
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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,557
    I think it's a lacewing larva ... almost ready to turn into an adult lacewing ... one of the good guys feasting on your aphids  :)
    Certainly something similar to that. It's a bit hard to tell from the pic but it almost looks like it's eating another bug. The sugar type stuff will probably be honeydew which is basically a fancy name for aphid poo :|
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  • Holly 3Holly 3 Posts: 36
    At first I thought lacewing larva but the head area is almost too dainty for that unless like u say it’s eating an aphid butt first lol
    i tried finding it again but can’t c it anymore.
    we are a new build so I’m trying to leave them to attract further up the chain. I’ve already seen hoverflies and ladybirds 
  • Holly 3Holly 3 Posts: 36
    I have a huge load of then like this on every branch of new growth, predators are arriving day by day. I live in a windy hill with no humidity so they should not get sooty mold 
    do u think I should leave it as I don’t want to use sprays. ESP if the mystery bug is a predator
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,557
    You can reduce the numbers by just brushing them off if you think the plant will be affected badly. I've swept some off into a plant tray and put it by the bird feeder in the past. Or just squish them.

    These days I like to leave bugs to see what happens but it takes a bit of courage to watch a plant getting decimated.

    I'm sticking with lacewing larva having its tea. Similar to the below.


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  • Holly 3Holly 3 Posts: 36
    You can reduce the numbers by just brushing them off if you think the plant will be affected badly. I've swept some off into a plant tray and put it by the bird feeder in the past. Or just squish them.

    These days I like to leave bugs to see what happens but it takes a bit of courage to watch a plant getting decimated.

    I'm sticking with lacewing larva having its tea. Similar to the below.


    Nice pic, that must be it, the like it butt first hey :-p

    Good idea, I will swoosh some off and put on bird feeder :-)
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,142
    I didn't know that honeydew was aphid poo. What a romantic euphemism.
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