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An invasive bug with a taste for beans has jumped into the top 10 list of the worst garden pests as it benefited from the warm summer.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) said its latest annual list of which pests and diseases are causing the most trouble in gardens revealed the impacts of the hot dry weather last summer.
Shield - Bug - Mainland - Europe - Inquiries
The southern green shield bug, which is thought to have been introduced from mainland Europe and was established here in the 2000s, came sixth in 2018's ranking based on inquiries to the RHS by gardeners.
The bug is a sap feeder with some preference for vegetables, particularly beans, and benefited from the warm weather in early summer, the experts said.
Young - Stages - Bug - Markings - Adult
Young stages of the bug are distinctively black with white or pink markings and an adult looks similar to the harmless native green shield bug but does not have a brown marking at its rear.
Pear rust is also of growing concern to gardeners, with the fungus that causes orange spots on pear leaves and canker-like swellings on juniper branches becoming very common over the last 16 years, in part due to warmer, drier summers.
Conditions - Problems - Bay - Spot - Canker
But the dry conditions helped keep some problems at bay, including leaf spot and canker of Prunus and box blight, which...
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