Red scale bug?

sphinx_faceAugust 9, 2013

What is this? It doesn't seem to cause much harm to the plant, but there are lots of them all over the leaves of my lemon balm (and this blackberry)? Will they do anything to the plant to make them toxic to eat?

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Perhaps red clover mites. Can't see enough detail to be certain.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 6:55PM
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sphinx_face

Sorry, they look a lot like porphyrophora polonica, but I think those are only in Europe? They are so small I can't get a good picture... They don't seem to visably move either that's why I think it's some kind of scale?

    Bookmark   August 11, 2013 at 9:39PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Secure it/them in a clear container, take it to your county's Extension Service office for ID, then please post the answer here.

Locate your county's office with this map
http://www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/

Here is a link that might be useful: locate your county's Extension Service office

    Bookmark   August 11, 2013 at 11:47PM
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sphinx_face

Ah thanks! My past experiences with taking bugs to a nursery for ID and management has been very unrewarding.. Maybe this link will help, and I'll update when I can ;)

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 9:24PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

We'll be waiting!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 1:49AM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

If the Master Gardeners on the hot desk at your county office of the Washington State University Cooperative Extension Service office cannot ID what you have they can ask the county horticulturist. If the county horticulturist cannot ID that insect they have the resources of WSU at hand.
Far too few people use, or even know, of that readily available resource.

Here is a link that might be useful: WSU CES

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 6:39AM
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sphinx_face

Ok, you're all gonna laugh at me but I've figured it all out on my own... They are wood sorrel seeds!! I noticed how they got all over when I pulled the pods off to munch and at first was like, gross the bugs are in there but then I realized they could be seeds and looking them up proved that true. Haha well that's not so bad ;)

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 3:51PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Thanks for the feedback. This is one you'll remember for the rest of your gardening life.

Don't feel embarrassed; other folks have made similar mistakes!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 4:12PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

We're not laughing AT you, but with you. :-)

I think that you should still take some to the extension office just to test their knowledge! (Kidding...it might be embarrassing for them.)

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 5:47PM
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calliope(6)

At least it wasn't some sort of frass. That and osmocote are the most frequently 'mistaken for bugs' material photographed on this forum.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 8:38PM
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