What is this bug on my hibiscus?

melsy4(9)August 3, 2009

I posted this on the pest forum, but thought someone over here would have an idea too. The flower becomes coated with some fuzzy specs and then falls off before opening. A lot of buds are dropping too, with yellow stems on them.

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to post with pictures

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xineohpinakc(7)

photos?

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 2:23PM
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melsy4(9)

There's a link in my post above to the pictures.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 6:23PM
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xineohpinakc(7)

Looks like
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/NE/aphidoletes_aphidimyza.html
Predaceous midge (aphid midge)

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 9:30PM
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xineohpinakc(7)

The Aphid Midge is a fly that eats aphids. They are appearing because of all the aphids on your buds.

Here is a link that might be useful: About Aphid Midges

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 9:39PM
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melsy4(9)

Excellent! Thank you very much!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 11:08PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Sorry, but those characters on the fence aren't aphid midges.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2009 at 11:56PM
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