pests on Butterfly weed?

nirenjoshi(7b)October 2, 2010

Are these pests on my butterfly weed? What are they?

From 2010 - Flowers

From 2010 - Flowers

From 2010 - Flowers

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runmede(7a Virginia)

The first and the last pictures look like aphids that have been parasitized by a tiny wasp. When the wasp parasitizes them, they get hard and brown looking like your photos. I can't tell what's happening on the second photo.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2010 at 10:41PM
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nirenjoshi(7b)

Thanks! Good to know those are aphids parasitized by wasps. To me they looked like tiny snails!
I hope someone can ID the other stuff..

    Bookmark   October 3, 2010 at 6:40AM
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runmede(7a Virginia)

The first and third photo have the tiny legs and look exactly like parasitized aphids.

The second photo might be tiny snails. Not sure. I can't see them very clearly.

I use a product called Sluggo. Not harmful to pets, just to snails.

I haven't used this company that I posted. I buy Sluggo at my local Sears Hardware.

Another option is to just pick off the snails and drop them into soapy water.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sluggo

    Bookmark   October 3, 2010 at 10:06AM
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