Insect Identification: Part 2

saleveneMay 3, 2014

The insects really seem to love this pepper, as I don't have this problem with the other two next to it.

I noticed this infestation today and was hoping you could help identify them and potentially suggest a remedy. The ants were all over it too, they really seemed to like them...

Here are pics of the infestation and a close-up of the actual insects.

Thanks in advance.

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No idea salavene. I did get a good look at them when I opened it up in photobucket and enlarged it though. I would do the same and post it to the Garden Clinic forum.

Keep us updated.


    Bookmark   May 3, 2014 at 11:30PM
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stoneys_fatali(9b Duarte,Ca.)

Never seen that insect before. Yeah, keep us posted.


    Bookmark   May 3, 2014 at 11:58PM
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jutsFL(9b (Orlando))

Salevene, that appears to be a pepper weevil. As for getting them off your peppers, try the links advice - there are a few organic options in there for management. Hope this helps you.


Here is a link that might be useful: Pepper Weevils

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 9:08AM
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Are you sure those aren't aphids? They are the right size and ants farm aphids because they like the sticky substance aphids leave behind after munching on your plants. Is this what you are dealing with:

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 11:23AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Suspect buffalo tree hoppers.

Eggs are inserted into stems. Babies are bristly things, adults aren't. Squish on sight.

They also attack tomatoes and eggplants.

see this

Here is a link that might be useful: buffalo tree hoppers

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 3:03PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

Aphids aren't that big.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 3:07PM
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Just another life stage of what you had before salavene, according to jean(who knows her stuff).


    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 4:00PM
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Yup, definitely think it could be the buffalo treehopers from other pics I've found... also seem to be doing the same type of "damage" to the plant as the ones in the later life stage.

Thanks Jean/Kevin.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 11:19PM
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