Springtime Is For Lovers

Auugh! Freaky bugs! They’re having an orgy all over poor Archduke Charles!

Does anyone know what these insects are, and whether I should be worried that they’re really intent on reproducing? They’ve been covering the rose bush for the last three days. They blend in well enough that I didn’t notice at first, but as I was hunting for flowers to photograph, I saw the bush move.


Normally bugs don’t really, well, bug me, but the weirdly-shaped limbs of these seem almost mechanical. Maybe I’ve watched a little too much Stargate: SG1 in my day, but it’s like looking at a rosebush teeming with Replicators…


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4 Responses to Springtime Is For Lovers

  1. Nancy says:

    Those look like assassin bugs, and they usually predate on the bad bugs. They’re scary looking and are bad news on tomatoes when nymphs, but shouldn’t be any problem on a rose!

  2. Pam/Digging says:

    Either assassin or stink bugs, it’s kind of hard to tell. I don’t think stink bugs hurt anything, and assassin bugs are useful predators.

  3. Diana says:

    I was going to say Stink bugs – ugh. They WILL devour your tomatoes, though, so keep them away from there. I finally gave up and let them have them in the unbearable long, hot, fall last year. And have them they did.

  4. Lori says:

    Nancy – Whew! I was worried that I’d have to wage a vendetta. Although I wonder whether I should do something anyway, since my next door neighbor’s gardening passion is tomatoes. Hmm.Pam – Thanks for the ID. They don’t seem to be chewing on anything, and the freaky orgy has finally ended, so I think I can relax now.Diana – That sucks. I hope you have better luck this year!

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