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What are these black beeltes on my lemon tree?

Posted by register AZ (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 21, 12 at 22:32

I noticed the other day that the blossoms on my meyer lemon tree are filled with these tiny, thin, hard beetles. The almost look like like hard, black maggots and they are just in the blossoms with their tails sticking out. Any ideas?


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RE: What are these black beeltes on my lemon tree?

Any chance of pictures? Not all beetles, small or large, are troublemakers.


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RE: What are these black beeltes on my lemon tree?

Maybe ordinary flower thrips?


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RE: What are these black beetles on my lemon tree?

Maybe thrips. What are they doing? Are they causing damage to the blossoms?

Here is a link that might be useful: About thrips


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RE: What are these black beeltes on my lemon tree?

Perhaps flower beetles? If so, not a problem.
Need pictures, please, even if very small creatures.


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RE: What are these black beeltes on my lemon tree?

Here's several of them on a blossom. They usually are all inside, head 1st with their tails out, in a circle around the center.


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RE: What are these black beeltes on my lemon tree?

I shook a few off in my hand and this was the last one to fly away.


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RE: What are these black beeltes on my lemon tree?

Appear to be sap beetles, aka picnic beetles. Usually a "problem" with over-ripe fruits, or oozing sap. In your case, perhaps feeding on flower nectar?


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