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Chewed/Eaten: Rose Slug

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Rose Slug

The rose slug is one of three common sawflies that attack roses (others are curled and bristly rose slugs). Adults of all three species resemble wasps and are about 1/4" long. Mature larvae are about 1/2" long and yellow-green with yellow heads. The larvae skeletonize the leaves and in heavy infestations can cause leaves to turn brown and curl. Check roses in May and June (in Maryland) for the slug-like, greenish-yellow larvae on the upper surface of skeletonized leaves. If the infestation is light, pick off and destroy the larvae. To control heavy infestations, use horticultural oil or a residual insecticide.

Bristly rose slug larvae are about 5/8" long and greenish white with long, stout bristles. They skeletonize leaves by feeding from the undersides of the leaves and later chew holes through the leaves. Curled rose slug larvae are metallic green above, marked with white dots, grayish white underneath, with yellow-brown heads. They curl up like a cutworm and are about 3/4" when mature. Curled rose slugs initially feed by skeletonizing the leaves, but eventually defoliate entire leaflets except for the largest veins.

Keywords: rose slug, rose slugs, sawflies on rose, green caterpillars on rose, rose leaves eaten, defoliated rose

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Picture of Bristly rose slug larvae are about 5/8

Bristly rose slug larvae are about 5/8" long and greenish white with long, stout bristles.

Picture of They skeletonize leaves by feeding from the undersides of the leaves and later chew holes through the leaves.

They skeletonize leaves by feeding from the undersides of the leaves and later chew holes through the leaves.

Picture of <P>Defoliated rose</P>

Defoliated rose

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