Green Flying Bugs and Spidermites?

bhutMay 14, 2009

I have 3 outdoor pepper plants being ravaged right now. I took them outside a couple hours a day and they are now outside all the time. There are 1 cm holes on some of the larger leaves and I ALWAYS see flying green/silvery insects landing on the leaves. What are these? Their COLOR looks kinda metallic like a japanese beetle, but their body shape looks like a gnat.

Also I seen what seems to be spidermites? I only seen 1 bug underneathe a leaf (NO WHITE SPOTTING seen though) and its belly has 1 black circle on it, it was pretty big as well, I would say about the size of a small perlite rock/sand and there were spiderwebs on the plant it was on. I cant take a picture because I sprayed pyrethrum on the pepper plants. I thought spidermites only really infested INDOOR plants?

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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Spider mites infest outdoor plants as well as indoor. But the description of your one critter doesn't match mites.

Doubt if the "gnats" are making the holes. Look for caterpillars, or if they're in your region slugs and/or snails.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2009 at 7:54PM
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there were spiderwebbing in between nodes and under leaf

    Bookmark   May 15, 2009 at 1:25AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

The 'gnat' shaped, metallic insects might be one of the long-legged flies, a beneficial animal.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2009 at 9:24AM
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