Tiny bug with a long nose - good, bad or just a little ugly?



  • Big Blue SkyBig Blue Sky Posts: 356
    Sorry another pic - it’s got a really looong nose. So creepy 🥴

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 7,985
    Possibly Apion longirostre (Hollyhock weevil.)

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Big Blue SkyBig Blue Sky Posts: 356
    Possibly Apion longirostre (Hollyhock weevil.)

    They ARE all found on a hollyhock!! I think we have now figured it out! 😎
    Ok. What do I do now? Spray them? Take out the whole hollyhock? 
    And first of all, thank you @BobTheGardener 😊
  • HelixHelix 704m altitude...Posts: 548
    Why does everyone have to kill everything?  Sure the leaves may end up with a few holes in them, and you need to collect and destroy seed heads to stop the infestation getting worse next year.    But unless you have hundreds of them they aren’t like to completely destroy your hollyhocks.  Live & let live, and encourage birds who will eat them.  Shake and stomp as you go past.

     Generally if you are kind to nature in your garden it will balance out, and you’ll get a bit of lots of things but no total plagues of destruction.  
  • HexagonHexagon Posts: 784
    edited 14 June
    I like to encourage birds, but if birds like to eat these insects, then why don't they just come and eat them? Why do we need to put seeds out for a bird to eat an insect?!

    Something about that just doesn't make sense to me. Sure, blue tits will come and eat aphids, but will they eat all the ants I don't like? The viburnum thingies that have completely shredded my plant? No.
    Instead, I'm going to chop back the viburnum and plant something else.
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