Hi everyone I had 6 healthy specimens grown from seed and planted them out in the polytunnel The leaves went brown then they got this odd material like a very fine spiders web on them which seems to have white dots in it maybe some sort of aphid? Diagnostic tips appreciated- please see pic!
Wow,never seen that before. How crushing. Can’t tell whether it’s compost or droppings in the area near the stem. I know of various moth species who spin webs but I can’t see anything has been nibbled. The other classic is red spider mite that makes webs, but as I haven’t got a polytunnel or greenhouse I’ve never seen it ‘in the flesh’. Hopefully someone else will know exactly what it is.
Sorry only just seen these replies – thankyou. Now that’s interesting because the aubergine leaves are not healthy either and the same happened last year with the aubergines though they are producing fruit OK. I woulld like to avoid removing the aubergine plants til they have fruited. Any tips for control appreciated – anyone tried biological controls?