Pests on my plants

laowaiJune 16, 2014

I just planted this garden over the weekend and I noticed on my sedum (and surrounding area) there are small red insects, and I'm noticing small holes on the leaves. On the lily there are some ugly small brown insects that seem to ooze brown behind them (see the pic).

Can someone tell me what these are and how I can get rid of them in a reasonably eco-friendly way?

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Flick into a cup of soapy water.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 10:41PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Look up Lily beetle pupae or lily beetle larvae to compare with the brown things.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 10:54PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Where in Canada are you? There are some insect pests that, at this time, are appearing in some parts of Ontario and Quebec but not elsewhere.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 7:04AM
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laowai

Thanks rhizo - I've looked it up and that's definitely it.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 7:04AM
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laowai

I'm in Toronto

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 9:19AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You might try looking up the lily beetle adult to see if those are your red insects. If not, any chance of a picture?

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 1:20PM
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laowai

Yes I saw the red ones too and didn't know those were the adults. It's definitely the right insect. Now I need to figure out what to do about it.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 6:24PM
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laowai

Just to add on the above, the small red insects referred to in my original post are red spider mites. They're different from the Lilly beetle adults who I know are also red and I've seen them on the Lilly only.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 6:26PM
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gardengal48

Spider mites are nearly microscopic in size and almost impossible to see without a hand lens or magnifying glass. and they don't make holes in leaves.

If you can get a clear photo, we can stop making assumptions and hopefully get to a correct ID.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 7:56PM
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laowai

It's hard to get a clear photo of something so small, especially with a mobile phone camera. Based on what I've looked at online though the photos there seem to match what I'm seeing on my sedum. Attached is the best shot I could get.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 6:52AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

That little red thing is a great deal larger than a spider mite. As gardengal said, SMs are nearly microscopic, and not able to be seen as anything but dust specks. So, absolutely not a spider mite.

Have you considered aphids?

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 7:03AM
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laowai

I don't think it's an aphid based on pics online I've looked at. These red things come in large numbers and are about the size of a grain of sand. If that's too big to make it a spider mite it must be something else. I will try to get a better photo later today.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 9:12AM
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laowai

Here is another shot of them. They don't fly, they just crawl.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 6:59AM
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aurorawa(8B)

The tiny red mite could be a red spider mite or a chigger.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 7:23PM
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