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Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 1,467
I have 3 Echium Pininana growing in my allotment. Recently I noticed that one of them was absolutely covered in green bugs which were hardly noticeable at first as they were the exact colour of the leaves. They were the size of a ladybird with a very small black head and pink underbelly. I got rid of them all and they haven't returned. I have never seen them before and have no idea what they were as I am only used to slugs and snails so far. They only damaged the leaves by leaving a small pinprick hole. They could be familiar to many of you but I would love to know what they were. Any answers please?

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  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 1,467
    Bumping up my own thread! 🤭 Was surprised no one could give an answer. Maybe this time....?
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,733
    We need photos  :)
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 6,520
    Unlike the brain, the stomach warns you when it's empty.
  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 1,467
    Many thanks for replies! Sorry @Dovefromabove but don't have the facility to take photos. Only use a laptop and would need my daughter with me to use her phone and email it to me then copy and paste.
    Thanks for your response @Wild edges. Had tried to google it myself but didn't come up with anything near but I think from looking at the website you provided it is nearest to the Common Greenshield Bug. Can't imagine where they came from as they hadn't touched the other two plants. 
    Many thanks again to both of you  :)
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,733
     :) 
    We're big fans of shieldbugs ... they're such handsome creatures with a fascinating life history ... and they do very little damage ... they're regarded as friends in this garden. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 1,467
    @Dovefromabove. Oh dear. I feel so awful now about getting rid of them. They were very cute and as you say the damage was negligible in fact the plant seems to have rectified it. As I hadn't seen them before and there were so many I panicked. If they should ever return I shall welcome them  :)
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,733
     :D  thumbsup
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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