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any idea what's on these crocosmia?

Posted by pieheart 6 (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 25, 11 at 20:51

I saw these insects on some orange crocosmia. I couldn't tell if they were eating the plants or just hanging around. They are about the size of a dog tick and are very fast (which makes me think they are beneficial and not eating the plant). It was difficult to get a good picture because of the light, but you can see them clustered right near (I assume) their egg mass).


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RE: any idea what's on these crocosmia?

Look like stink bugs. Some are beneficial, some aren't. Don't know which you have.

Where do you live?

RE: any idea what's on these crocosmia?

I'm in New Jersey. I think you're right. After googling "stink bug nymph" I found the below link. That's pretty close to what I saw. If they're still there tomorrow I'll take a closer look. They did seem solid black, but the light was poor and it was beginning to rain so I didn't stay to examine them closely. We were trying to decide whether to leave them or get rid of them.

Here is a link that might be useful: stink bug nymph

RE: any idea what's on these crocosmia?

Check up for info about BMSB, the brown marmorated stink bug. If that's what you have either squish or drown them, immediately!

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