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What is this beetle on my flowering cherry?


  • TimLynneTimLynne Posts: 6
    What is this beetle that is infesting my flowering cherry? 
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,166
    That's an aphid.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • TimLynneTimLynne Posts: 6
    Oh ok. It’s not behaving like I’d expect an aphid to behave. They are marching up and down the trunk and branches. Although I must say they seem also to be congregating on some leaves which are curling over. Should I just leave them or should I treat the tree? We’ve only had the tree size March 2020.
  • TimLynneTimLynne Posts: 6
    Since March 2020 not ‘size’ 🙄
  • CrazybeeladyCrazybeelady Posts: 768
    Depends how much they upset you I guess! If you want to use chemicals you may get rid but you'll kill the nice insects too. If you leave them they'll probably infest your tree. I mainly kill by hand but it's a full time job! 
  • TimLynneTimLynne Posts: 6
    I’d rather leave them I think and tackle them by hand. The tree is by a pond so REALLY not comfortable with chemicals. Here goes then! It’s like having kids again 🙄
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,913
    Squirt them with a jet from a hosepipe ... it may not get rid of their numbers but it’ll seriously deplete them so that the bluetits, ladybirds, lacewings and hoverflies that eat them will be able to do the rest of the job for you. 🐞 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • TimLynneTimLynne Posts: 6
    I’ll Give that a go 👍
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