What is this critter on my young bean?

FuzzyPete(8b)June 23, 2013

I found this critter underneath a leaf on a pole bean plant that is beginning to look a little less healthy.. A couple of them have some holes in leaves... This critter was on a plant that is looking a little brownish on leaf edges with some leaves looking a little "puckered"... At any rate, there are several more of these guys on the plants and they are very small (mite sized, i would say)...

this picture was a 4x magnified shot, FYI.

any ID?


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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

That's an aphid. They come in several colors and can be found on many different kinds of plants. They 'may' be responsible for the leaf puckering but do not chew holes in plants.

Aphids are probably the most common and prevalent pest of garden plants and are able to reproduce prolifically. Better study up on them!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 6:00PM
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Notice if you see ladybeetles as well. They are one of many beneficials that enjoys feasting on aphids.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 2:12PM
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Ahhh... that is what an aphid looks like... I have already read up on them, but I was not sure what I was looking for...

No lady beetles, yet, but I am pretty sure that I spotted a hoverfly the other day.. I also know that we have a lot of spiders cruising around the gardens and the house overall... I am counting on them to help with various pests...

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 7:11PM
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Yeah.. That's what one looks like magnified... lol. I always just look for little green or gray looking eggs. If they move when I give them a nudge, it's aphids!

All the regular members of this forum know that I'm pretty bad at I.D. Hence all the threads started by me. ;)


    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 7:23PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Aphids the same color as whatever they feeding on? Not a chance. Their assorted colors are dictated by their species.

I hope that Fuzzy doesn't fall for your hint that he needs to resort to very heavy duty chemicals. Not necessary.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 12:11PM
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Thanks for the reply Rhizo,

I thought it best to let the regulars of this forum know, rather than someone like me that only stops in once in awhile to learn something new for the day. Thanks for all you do.


    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 11:11PM
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