The Problem

Flower Beetle (Hibiscus)

Aethina concolor

What are Hibiscus Flower Beetles?

Hibiscus flower beetles are oval in shape and around 3mm in size.
They are particularly shy and generally hide in the folds of the flowers. Hibiscus beetle chew holes in both
the flowers as well as the foliage of hibiscus and related plants such as abutilon. Tattered foliage and flowers
give a general look of poor health and stress the plants.

What are the symptoms?

Affected flowers will open with chew holes and the foliage can also show signs of damage too. Healthy
plants will detect the hibiscus beetle and drop the damaged flower buds, so if you notice flowers falling
prematurely it can usually be taken as a sign of the beetleā€™s presence.

Currently we have no solution to treat this beetle but will be seeking solutions in the future.

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