Thrips? Tiny orange-yellow bugs, less than 2mm
This year, I noticed particularly, my white peonies - the only ones to bloom yet, have TONS of these TINY, TINY, orangish-yellow bugs, that appear to be thrips - they look like they could be Western Flower Thrips BUT, I don't really see any flower damage. I always soak my peony blooms in water before I bring them inside, but I still have a ton of those things crawling on them. I have a 15x magnifier, and they are still a bit hard to see, so I can't produce a photo, but I wondered if anyone else has noticed these things. I don't see any on the leaves, as it seems they like the sweetness of the bloom. I've noticed them last year, but there were very few, and soaking the flowers seemed to get rid of them but this year is very buggy in Iowa. WET WET WET and then it got HOT. I'm going to treat the peony after I remove the rest of the blooms - I usually bring them ALL inside to enjoy the fragrance. Any ideas on what else this could be if it is NOT a thrip?