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I remember hearing recently (radio or tv) that contrary to popular belief, bats have some vision - however their echolocation is far superior.
Grow nectar sources for night-flying moths http://www.foxleas.com/PDF/Nectar%20plants%20for%20M.pdf
Think Pansyface was referring to Himalayan Balsam, not Himalayan Knotweed.
The Knotweed will need weedkiller - I'd use glyphosate.
Think pieris lacebugs are brown rather than white https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=663
Doesn't look like vine weevil to me.
Keeping out of the cream/jam/cream debate - I've made a batch of cheese scones
Help yourselves .......
It looks to me like one of the scale insects and their white waxy egg masses https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=224
The plant may look healthy now but inless got rid of the scale insects will suck the sap from it and weaken it.
It appears that there are two separate but related plants
Japanese Knotweed and Himalayn Knotweed
Nothing to do with Himalayn Balsam.
Plums and other prunus trees should be pruned May/June/July - never in the winter.
Pruning them in the winter makes them very susceptible to contracting Silver Leaf Disease.
More information here https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=339
Hope that helps
It does look as it's been a good year for them
Great minds think alike Beaus Mum