Next to the stoop on the side of the house are a number of bushes. Most of them are weeds, but early on I noticed a couple of rose buds forming on one of the plants. “Oh, how fun!” I thought, “I’ve never had rose bushes before!” Well, two days later, I no longer did. Here’s what they look like now:
A closer look revealed the culprit. These little guys were making quick work of the only rosebud left:
I’m sure the look on my face would have been pretty funny to an onlooker; I’m guessing it looked something like D:
A little research uncovered that these bugs are the larval form of Endelomyia aethiops, or the sawfly. It turns out the larva also commonly known as the “rose slug” or, more disturbingly, the “rose skeletonizer.” Creepy, huh? It’s called that for its method of consuming all but the veins of the leaves. Ultimately, it’s not a huge deal because all the plants there need to be removed anyway (we need to re-grade around the house), but there is a certain inkling of disappointment that we won’t be able to enjoy yellow roses while we continue the construction.