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Tiny bugs on my irises

Posted by johnsaunt 7 (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 1, 09 at 7:58

I am being hyper-vigilant about borers this year. I started early enough that when I see the telltale slimy spots, the borer hasn't had a chance to get very far down the leaves & is so small that I can't see the worm itself, just its damage. I cut out the rz and throw it away for caution's sake.

Yesterday, while inspecting my irises, I noticed a lot of tiny bugs on some leaves. They're not aphids; they look more like tiny ticks, and their bodies seem somewhat hard. They're smaller than the head of a pin, so I can't get a good photograph of them.

They can't be iris borer hatchlings, can they? They have legs. What are they? And should I just brush them off the leaves or kill them?


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RE: Tiny bugs on my irises

I have had scale on leaves but could not see legs. Always accompanied by a whitish substance as I recall???

Aphids cone in different colors including black.

RE: Tiny bugs on my irises

No whitish substance at all. And not sticky. I'm going to get a magnifying glass tomorrow and see if I can describe better.

RE: Tiny bugs on my irises

I'd kill now and ask questions later on a tiny bug.
Could it be thrips?

RE: Tiny bugs on my irises

Flea beetles?

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