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    I first found one of these beetles on my rosemary two years ago. This year it's like a plague. I picked about 30 off my six foot lavender hedge yesterday. I don't know if lavender and rosemary will have a future in my garden at this rate. Is this a widespread plague?
    Mostly flowers, some fruit and veg, at the seaside in Edinburgh.

  • #2
    Not one I'd heard of, another new invader it would seem....................
    Rosemary beetle / RHS Gardening


    • #3
      Not heard of this either. I have a lavender hedge and a large rosemary in a container.
      Never had any pests on these so far.

      And when your back stops aching,
      And your hands begin to harden.
      You will find yourself a partner,
      In the glory of the garden.

      Rudyard Kipling.sigpic


      • #4
        They seem to be widespread in my area of Edinburgh, Joppa and Portobello. They're very pretty beetles, shame they're so destructive.

        I'd maybe think twice before buying lavender or rosemary from anywhere you don't absolutely trust, as you may be bringing these pests in at the same time.
        Mostly flowers, some fruit and veg, at the seaside in Edinburgh.


        • #5
          Ooohhhh, I never knew these were a pest.. I had them in my old garden and my current garden. I didn't transfer any plants between both when we moved. In fairness I rarely eat rosemary and seeing as the bush absolutely took over the bed that I decided I wanted for flowers, I dug it out this year (and transplanted some into the chicken run)

          They don't seem to have caused the rosemary or anything else any problems though so I never worried about them

          "There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children; one of these is roots, the other wings" - Hodding Carter


          • #6
            I get a lot of these on my lavender -am in Edinburgh too. They do a bit of damage if I leave them so tend to pick them off. The plants have been there for years and it’s only in the last few years that the beetles have appeared. I tend to pick them off.


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