What are these black beeltes on my lemon tree?

registerNovember 21, 2012

I noticed the other day that the blossoms on my meyer lemon tree are filled with these tiny, thin, hard beetles. The almost look like like hard, black maggots and they are just in the blossoms with their tails sticking out. Any ideas?

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Any chance of pictures? Not all beetles, small or large, are troublemakers.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 12:49AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Maybe ordinary flower thrips?

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 6:18AM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Maybe thrips. What are they doing? Are they causing damage to the blossoms?

Here is a link that might be useful: About thrips

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 6:46AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Perhaps flower beetles? If so, not a problem.
Need pictures, please, even if very small creatures.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 1:28PM
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Here's several of them on a blossom. They usually are all inside, head 1st with their tails out, in a circle around the center.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 1:49PM
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I shook a few off in my hand and this was the last one to fly away.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 1:50PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Appear to be sap beetles, aka picnic beetles. Usually a "problem" with over-ripe fruits, or oozing sap. In your case, perhaps feeding on flower nectar?

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 12:55AM
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