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What the Eff are these?

Posted by Bob_In_Colorado (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 30, 11 at 16:57

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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RE: What the Eff are these?

Perhaps, aphids.

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RE: What the Eff are these?

Those trees are bug magnets. Might be black aphids.


RE: What the Eff are these?

Are Black Aphids any worse than regular green ones?

RE: What the Eff are these?

  • Posted by jnfr z5b CO (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 7, 11 at 12:44

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.

RE: What the Eff are these?

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.

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