Purslane and Portulaca forum: Trying to identify purslane pests?!

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Aug 24, 2016 8:11 PM CST
Hi all! Been using this site as it's a great resource, and finally joined. Think I'm dealing with a few different kinds of pests on my purslane plants, and I was hoping maybe folks on here would be able to help me identify what they are so as to get rid of them! Some bugs are little black dots, others are little white bugs, and there seems to be spiderwebbby-type things on them too. I thought maybe the white bugs combined with that spiderwebby like characteristic could be mealy bug? Yik:) Anyway, here's some photos. Fingers crossed. Let me know what you guys think!

Thanks so much,


PS- some have spread to my other succulents, too- not sure if that's helpful info!
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Aug 25, 2016 3:30 AM CST


Welcome! Welcome! Gabrielle Welcome!

I can't identify the bugs but wondering if you have tried hosing them off? Might be aphids?

Hopefully someone will come along and have an answer.

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Aug 26, 2016 8:32 AM CST
Hi & welcome! Agree, looks like aphids. You can pinch the affected tips off, and moving the pot might help, if that's an option. Ants might have put the aphids on the plants to farm their honeydew. I've never had a problem getting rid of aphids by making minor efforts to trim the affected plant parts (& rinsing other kinds of plants that might not grow back as fast as Portulaca.) Dabbing at them with a Q-tip damp with rubbing alcohol should also kill the ones you touch and help clean up the tips if you don't want to trim them. Aphids are not a permanent malady like scale or mealybug if efforts are made to thwart them. I think the white things are discarded, shedded skins. If they don't move, that would be evidence toward that.
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Aug 26, 2016 2:37 PM CST
Also, put them in full sun. It will make purslane plants stronger and more able to deal with pests like aphids.

Shade makes purslane weak and encourages the growth of pests.
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Aug 27, 2016 11:08 AM CST


Both @Tiffany and @Jeff are correct in my oh-so-humble-opinion. Purslane loves full sun.
I never had an aphid problem on mine but snipping off is a great idea. And I used the qtip with alcohol on lots of other issues.

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