Asked on Jun 23, 2013

What is eating my butterfly bush??

CamillaDouglas Hunt


I have a beautiful yellow honeycomb butterfly bush that is just beginning to bloom for the second season and something is eating holes in the leaves. I have not been able to uncover any bugs but something is definitely going to town on the leaves. What can I use? Sevin dust? Home remedies? Anybody? Somebody? Help!
2 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 24, 2013

    Camilla, I assume that someone who planted a butterfly bush is interested in attracting butterflies and bees to her garden, so I would strongly recommend you not use Sevin. The active ingredient is Carbayl, which is considered to be moderately to very toxic and is a particular threat to honey bee populations. You can read more about it from Cornell University here: If you cannot see what is eating the foliage on you butterfly bush, start by giving it a good blast with the hose. If that doesn't stop the problem, move up to a commercially produced insecticidal soap, making sure to check the label to make sure it is approved for use on butterfly bush.

  • Camilla
    on Jun 24, 2013

    Thank you Douglas! I had no idea. I am extremely allergic to bees but certainly do not wish to do them any harm!

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