This is the 3rd year in a row that these beautiful vines start out loaded with blossoms and then the buds get eaten one by one by a little whitish caterpillar. The internet says that these are relatively pest -free – but I wonder if these are the same guys who destroyed my columbine over the last few years. Anyone have any info or thoughts? I don’t know what to do – these vines are fairly extensive to spray regularly!
In this area the buds of our Lonicera sempervirens are periodically infested with aphids which causes the buds to blacken. Check out Margaret’s honeysuckle post for what this looks like and how to deal with it. Found a picture of the snowberry clearwing moth on BugGuide.net eating the leaves of Lonicera sempervirens. Not sure if it eats the flowers; could this be it? Another pic here.