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by Debidew on May 20, 2004 03:09 AM
I recently purchased two hibiscus trees for my front porch. They are blooming beautifully, however, I am noticing holes in some of the leaves. Is this a bug of some sort? What is it, and how can I get rid of it?
by weezie13 on May 20, 2004 09:33 PM
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by Buglady on May 20, 2004 10:39 PM
possible holes in hibiscus

1. io moth caterpillars
2. saddle back moth caterpillars
3. flea beetles (not as common)
4. Physical damage from wind
5. Disease problem that the leaf tissue had become necrotic.

I vote for #1 or 2 as the most common. Be careful though.. Both the caterpillars can sting. They are both green so they blend in with the leaves.

Do you have a photo of the damage? Many insects have specific eating patterns.

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