A. That black wasp-like insect was actually a moth and does not sting. But she will be laying eggs on the undersides of grape leaves. These eggs hatch in a few days and the larvae that emerge will begin to consume the leaf from the underside, often times in a row, leaving the leaf veins behind. For this reason we call them grapeleaf skeletonizers.
|Great picture of skeletonizer eggs and larvae hatching on the leaf underside from reader.|
|Also very good picture of adult by reader|
Be careful of these larvae. If they land on your skin they will “burn” and give you a lot of pain. Use Bt sprays such as Dipel, Thuricide or Spinosad spray will also work. The sprays MUST be directed toward the undersides of the leaves as well as the tops. So plan on two passes over your grape vines; the first time on the underneath side and the second one over the top.
Spray the leaves enough to give the leaf surface a light coating on both sides. It does not have to be sprayed until the leaves are dripping wet. If you have a spreader/sticker to add to your spray then all the better and it will give you better and longer lasting control.
Both sprays will also control the hornworm which can consume leaves voraciously.
|Leafhopper feeding damage to grape leaves. You will also see tiny black specks left behind (poop). These are tiny bugs that hop like a very tiny grasshopper but usually in the thousands on leaves.|