The image below is cropped in tight, and it was by far an extremely difficult shot to get. I really edited it in both PS and LR in order to get as clear an image that I could, to make what I focused on to pop out. My husband when he viewed the entire photograph, looked at me and asked, “How do you do this without a tripod?” Well, gardening for one has made my hands and wrists very strong, and my Yoga training has taught me how to maintain low to the ground poses, while controlling my breath. That being said …
My question to you today on Mystery Monday is ….
What is a small as a [.], if not smaller, that can in actuality kill a Rose bush?
What this insect lacks in size, it makes up in the quantity it and its tribe attack a bush. Not only this tiny predator, but the white fly, the caterpillar, the black ________ (same as this insect but only black), and Japanese Beetles are ferocious when it comes to Roses. When I first grew my Roses, I did not put anything on them because insects did not bother them. Over the years, the insects have literally exploded, and now are going right through anything that I used, seemingly unfazed with just about everything that is put on Roses to kill them. I am so thankful that my brother knows a Horticulturist who recommended a product to spray on my Roses, which worked. As you will see in the photo below, I have proof that it does work.
Are there any gardeners out there who recognize this tiny but deadly parasite? What I find fascinating, is this insect’s way of travel, weaving webs to buds and to new tender growth, to make an easy access for it and all of its companions as they go from one area of the Rose bush to an other, leaving death in their wake. Fascinating, yet at the same time, leaves me with such dread knowing that my Roses I have worked with to make a beautiful home for, are being consumed by insects such as the ______.
My blogging at best has been spotty lately, and it will continue to be so for a while. I am pouring my Heart into my gardens right now, wanting only the Earth to bring comfort to me. My Heart is just still really struggling with the passing of my Dad. I am also spending more time with my cats who require my attention right now.
I have so many gorgeous images to show you, but all in good time.
I leave you this image today, keeping comments open so that those of you who believe they can identify this insect can leave their answer in the comments. All other comments are welcome as well, yet, today, I will not be answering any accept the answers to my question: Can you identify this insect? I will also answer any comments from those of who who would like to know which product I used to kill ALL parasites that had invaded my Roses. May all of you have a really good day!
Macro Photography/ “Mystery Monday” 2015©AmyRose