What the Eff are these?

bob_in_coloradoJuly 30, 2011

So... I was out under one of my austrees and I saw something I have never seen before. On some of the branches, mainly new growth, there are all these tiny little black bugs. Literally hundreds of them.

I sprayed them off (as many as I could anyways from some of the branches with a hose on spray setting, I would have use the kill setting if I had one). I've also noticed lots of ants and flies around.

They seem to be mainly on the branches, not the leaves.

I also took a picture but I don't know how to put the pic on here.

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Perhaps, aphids.

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not Steve

    Bookmark   July 30, 2011 at 7:11PM
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Dan Staley

Those trees are bug magnets. Might be black aphids.


    Bookmark   July 30, 2011 at 8:20PM
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Are Black Aphids any worse than regular green ones?

    Bookmark   July 30, 2011 at 11:14PM
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jnfr(z5b CO)

They are both horrible in my experience, though the green ones are more common in my yard. Most years they don't show up in large enough numbers to be a real problem, but when they have a population boom it can devastate whatever plant they're on. I use Safer soap and water and can usually get rid of them without killing off all the ladybugs.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2011 at 12:44PM
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david52 Zone 6

I've got a sweet cherry tree that gets covered with those things, every year. I need to figure out a way to spray it early enough to knock them back, and then let the natural predators build up a population.

They also will infest willow trees. And then come the wasps, by the hundreds, to feed on them.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2011 at 4:33PM
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