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black bugs with white spots, look like small ladybugs

Posted by growing_in_burbank California (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 9, 09 at 20:06

I found these bugs on my tomatoes today, the link is provided below to a picture I took.

Does anyone have any idea what they are? They look exactly like tiny lady bugs, and are mostly on the tomatoes themselves. No damage yet but I just saw them and want to act quickly if they are bad.

Thanks!!

Here is a link that might be useful: picture of the bugs on my tomatoes


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RE: black bugs with white spots, look like small ladybugs

I saw your post earlier and did a quick google search on "black ladybugs". I hope someone with much more experience will respond. But just from my search, black ladybugs are similar to what is familiar to us as ladybugs. They prey on other "pests", so are beneficial. There are black lady bugs and the familiar red/orange ones, and there are grey ones too from what I found. So don't act yet until you hear from the more experienced people. You may want to keep these "guests" around.

Jennie

Jennie


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RE: black bugs with white spots, look like small ladybugs

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 10, 09 at 0:46

Not lady beetles. Instead, recently hatched true bugs. The youngster are often a different color combo that the adults. Generally not good.


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RE: black bugs with white spots, look like small ladybugs

I have the same bugs on my pepper plants and need to know if they are ggod bugs or bad bugs! Any help will be much appreciated!


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RE: black bugs with white spots, look like small ladybugs

Check this link. Looks like they could be black aphids.
http://www.insectpod.com/category/animalia/arthropods/insects/true-bugs/page/2/


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