Help with bug ID please

milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)May 24, 2014

I posted this in the RM forum but so far no help.

I have had issues with my asparagus. I dug around the soil and found "worms". I don't think they are wireworms, but I can't figure out what they are.

The first picture is of what looks like pupa to me. They are about the size of a grain of rice.

These pictures are of the worms next to a tape measure, which you can hardly see.

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

I would like to see a larger version of the first image but can't because photobucket needs a password.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 3:02PM
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larry_gene

Do you ever see asparagus beetles in your plants? Are all parts of the plant being eaten?

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 10:57PM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

I have never seen asparagus beetles about. I have found these worms in every part of my yard and they are in abundance so I am thinking now maybe it's not these that have caused my asparagus' demise. I just want to be sure. Today was CRAZY weather! Rain, hail, tornado warning, rain, tornado warning, rain, rain. I didn't get out to take better pictures today, maybe tomorrow.

I have been looking at images of root eating larvae for too long, and too late at night. I'll probably have nightmares now.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 2:12AM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

Bugdoctor helped me out. They are apparently millipedes. I've never seen so many before but I guess it's just because of all the rain we've had. At least I feel more comfortable replanting my asparagus bed now. I've never seen these use any of there "pedes", but they did look like a long, skinny version of a pill bug.

Apparently the pupae in the photo are not related to the presence of the millipedes.

Here is a link that might be useful: Millipedes, Centipedes and Sowbugs

This post was edited by milehighgirl on Sun, May 25, 14 at 19:52

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 2:29PM
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