Help! Thrips? Bud drop
Hi daylily addicts! I have just started to have my daylilies bloom and have been waiting for this all year! My daylilies are loaded with scapes, and all of the sudden at least half of my plants are having bud drop! I'm heartbroken, and was near tears this morning when I was walking around the yard looking at it. I've never had this issue before. I'm thinking that maybe I have thrips that have taken over the garden. I've seen some REALLY tiny white bugs on them. They don't seem to be whiteflies, and are not aphids. Do you think that is what is causing the bud drop? Here are some pics of the scapes. If not thrips, any other ideas? I sprayed the scapes today with an insecticide, which I hate doing becuase I don't want to hurt the beneficial insects, but I just want at least a few flowers this year!