Osteospermum (African daisy) – Leaf Damage

Q: I planted this flower a few weeks ago. Something seems to be eating it.

A: Osteospermum (African daisy) is very attractive and has few insect enemies.

This looks like moderate feeding damage caused by a leaf-footed bug or a stinkbug. The insect inserts its feeding tube into a leaf to suck out the sap.

Other than the damage being unsightly, I don’t think it poses a threat.

Use any garden insecticide (click for sources) for control.

osteospermum feeding damage

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