New bugs??

sturgeonguy(5a ON)August 26, 2008

I noticed these bugs on my Snowbound yesterday. Snowbound has just bloomed for the first time, not sure if this has anything to do with anything. It is amongst many other Dahlias, but none others show these little guys. There are also black ants right around the smaller bugs, possibly eating them?

Anyone recognize them?

Cheers,

Russ

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pdshop(5)

Don't you think they are aphids? Looks like them. I don't get the ant part. If they are squishy, I would say aphids.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2008 at 6:01PM
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sturgeonguy(5a ON)

FWIW, I'm not saying they aren't aphids, but I've never had aphids before. I thought aphids were green?

Cheers,
Russ

    Bookmark   August 26, 2008 at 6:53PM
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thegeez(8a CA)

I would be tempted to say that pdshop is correct in those dastardly bugs being aphids. Usually green, they come in other colors such as black, brown, & pink. They can be distributed for miles by the wind. Ants use aphids as cows, milking them for their secretions. Ants are known to pick up and carry aphids to other plants.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2008 at 8:50PM
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linht(4a)

Russ, I don't know what the heck those are but I had them on a few plants earlier in the season. I thought aphids were supposed to be smaller than that but anyway, I did get rid of them. I just blasted them with a water hose to dislodge them. Also used a product with an insecticide (imidacloprid) to mix and pour at the base of the plant. Haven't seen them since.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2008 at 9:28PM
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Poochella(7 WA)

They're black aphids Russ, and very easily managed with a stream of water, like linht said. I use a forceful squirt from your basic spray bottle and that's the end of them. Without a spray bottle, place forefinger and thumb on opposite sides of stem and wipe em out. They're easy.

The ants have a symbiotic relationship with aphids, apparently.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ants and aphids

    Bookmark   August 27, 2008 at 12:37AM
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sturgeonguy(5a ON)

Thanks folks!

Cheers,
Russ

    Bookmark   August 27, 2008 at 3:58PM
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