Big eating my perennials #403041 - Ask Extension


Big eating my perennials #403041

Asked May 29, 2017, 6:38 AM EDT

i found this bug on my Black-eyed Susans and anemones -- it's eating up the leaves and leaving black residue. Help! It looks awful! PS - I sent other pics of the leaves -- I hadn't found a bug at that point. Thanks for your help!!!

Baltimore County Maryland

Expert Response

That is a four-lined plant bug. You must be observant and quick because they are hard to detect.
The good news is they have already done most of their damage for the season (there is only one generation) and plants can grow out of it.
Here is a page about plant bugs that includes them:


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