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Small beetle destroying Manuka buds


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1 hour ago, beemac said:

Hi all,

Has anyone else noticed small black beetles eating and destroying new buds on Manuka plants?

These beetles are damaging new buds which do not form into flowers.

Any info would be great.

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Brown beetle.

back country trout love them too.

 

They have been prolific at home this year stripping new growth off our plum and pear trees.

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23 minutes ago, dansar said:

back country trout love them too.

R U allowed to use them as bait for trout in the South Waikato?  

 

Of course when I smoke the trout I would use manuka chips (this last statement is an attempt to stay in the thread - haha!).  Looks like there could be a bit of manuka chip available if I were to catch a trout

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6 hours ago, beemac said:

Hi all,

Has anyone else noticed small black beetles eating and destroying new buds on Manuka plants?

These beetles are damaging new buds which do not form into flowers.

Any info would be great.

Bud beetle2.jpg

What region are you seeing them in?

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On 13/11/2020 at 6:51 PM, Maggie James said:

R U allowed to use them as bait for trout in the South Waikato?  

 

Of course when I smoke the trout I would use manuka chips (this last statement is an attempt to stay in the thread - haha!).  Looks like there could be a bit of manuka chip available if I were to catch a trout

No. Use a tied copy.

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3 hours ago, dansar said:

No. Use a tied copy.

green and brown beetles are a standard pattern. I have used green or bronze peackcock herl over foam for a floating version. Mostly used where stream crosses farmland.

But in most Lakes, Whanganui and Waikato rivers you could use the naturals as bait, just not the small fly fishing only streams. F&G have a book of rules covering each region and individual details in each piece of water. Most small waters permit artificial flies and spinners only (so, not bait).

 

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