Ask a Question forum: Flying insect infestation- arugula, radish leaves and purslane

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Jul 9, 2016 12:17 PM CST
I have a tiny silver/gray flying insect infestation in my arugula, radish leaves and the common weed purslane in my garden. They don't seem to be eating anything but bite me when I disturb them and weed. It's infuriating and I need some help identifying and organically eradicating them please help!
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Jul 9, 2016 8:12 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Jazzyp !

I think it would be helpful if you let us know where you are located -- I've never seen anything like that in my northern garden.
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Name: woofie
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Jul 10, 2016 11:28 AM CST
Only reference to tiny flying insects that bite that I could find are midges, but the only reference I could find to midges on radishes was for the Swede midge, and it indicated that they cause damage to the plant.
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