I have a small thornless blackberry bush (about 20cm high) and I've just noticed a few of the bottom leaves have lots of small holes in them. I had a hunt to see if I could find any culprits and all I found was one of those little 'fluffy bum' hopper bugs (not sure what their real name is but I remember them on our passion fruit vine as a kid - passion fruit hoppers maybe?). Also lots of midges flying around but not sure if that is related to this problem or not.
Would that little thing be the culprit and does anyone know how I can protect my plants from them?
I also noticed lots of holes appearing on my new brassica seedlings (don't think I'll bother growing them in summer next year!). Went for a hunt on them as well and only found one tiny caterpillar (now deceased) so don't think the white butterfly is the culprit there. But I also found patches of what looked like grey ash - much smaller than aphids but it did look a little like what an aphid infestation looks like. Nothing moving so I'm assuming they're some kind of egg colony? Any ideas would be happily received.
And (to add to my woes) I noticed a bug I've never seen before - a tiny light brown beetle - on a basil plant. I went to squash it and it jumped away with what sounded like a little click, much like a flea. Not sure if it's doing any damage but I'm interested to know if anyone knows what it is.