Pests and Diseases forum: Any ID thoughts

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Name: Paul
Frisco TX (Zone 8a)
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pniksch
Jun 1, 2014 4:01 PM CST
These were on a tropical hibiscus- the size of large ants, but they moved/acted more like aphids. Never seen them before in TX zone 8
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Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
Jun 3, 2014 10:09 AM CST
These look a lot like what I found on my tomatoes, squash, and melon plants--too late for them--last year. The onese I saw were bright red, though. When I did a search just now, I discovered a few different bugs look like these as nymphs, including assassin bugs, leaf-footed bugs, and stink bugs. I hope someone else knows for sure.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 5, 2014 8:50 PM CST
Check out the links. Looks like yours Paul, are Large Milkweed bug nymphs but it doesn't hurt to compare.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_milkweed_bug
http://yardfarmaustin.com/leaf-footed-bugs-already-the-woes-...
I had these on my blueberries last year & the nymphs are soft bodied so I used some Murphy's Oil soap with a drop of dishwashing liquid & some alcohol in a spray bottle, fill it up with water, shake & spray on the creatures. You will have to rinse it off before the sun fries the leaves so choose your time of day to spray.


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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jun 10, 2014 1:24 PM CST
Be careful of what you try to eradicate. What you have are assassin bug nymphs, these will eat other bugs.

You can usually tell a predator by it's ability to run, they have to be able to catch their prey.

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Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
Jun 10, 2014 5:32 PM CST
It's actually surprisingly difficult for me to tell which is which. This is what I saw today, which was an assasin bug nymph: http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images....

Perhaps a different species than Paul's...? It was a bright blood red and black, not orangey at all.
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jun 11, 2014 3:05 AM CST
Nymphs change a lot as they develop, a good indication of what is an assassin bug or not is the length of the legs, you will notice Paul's have long legs, good for running. There's a lot of species so they will naturally differ.
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
Jun 11, 2014 7:06 AM CST
Ah. Thank you, Janet. I do appreciate your tip, as well, since I've seen a few of these out there. I killed one before I knew better.
Name: Paul
Frisco TX (Zone 8a)
TX living, but CA dreamin'
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pniksch
Jun 19, 2014 1:06 PM CST
Look like leaf footed bugs(stink bugs)- both in appearance and the fact that they were "bunched" together before I disturbed them and they started to scatter. Thanks for everyone's suggestions and help!
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