Tiny bugs on my irises

johnsaunt(7)June 1, 2009

I am being hyper-vigilant about borers this year. I started early enough that when I see the telltale slimy spots, the borer hasn't had a chance to get very far down the leaves & is so small that I can't see the worm itself, just its damage. I cut out the rz and throw it away for caution's sake.

Yesterday, while inspecting my irises, I noticed a lot of tiny bugs on some leaves. They're not aphids; they look more like tiny ticks, and their bodies seem somewhat hard. They're smaller than the head of a pin, so I can't get a good photograph of them.

They can't be iris borer hatchlings, can they? They have legs. What are they? And should I just brush them off the leaves or kill them?


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iris_gal(z9 CA)

I have had scale on leaves but could not see legs. Always accompanied by a whitish substance as I recall???

Aphids cone in different colors including black.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 6:31PM
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No whitish substance at all. And not sticky. I'm going to get a magnifying glass tomorrow and see if I can describe better.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 8:43PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I'd kill now and ask questions later on a tiny bug.
Could it be thrips?

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 10:30PM
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Flea beetles?

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 11:53PM
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