Pests and Diseases forum: Friend or foe?

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 14, 2013 5:29 PM CST
What are these bugs all over my blueberries? When I look at them, they scamper like mad running away.
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Hard to get good photos of them; they are so small. Out of focus but these 2 were a bit larger & I tried to get so close.

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 14, 2013 6:41 PM CST
I wonder if they are some sort of Thrips or Gall Midges? I'm really not good at comparing photo's, LOL.

I found this information (Re: Blueberry pests) while googling: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/crops_livestock/crops/blueberr...

Blueberry Thrips:
http://www.google.com/search?q=Blueberry+Thrips&tbm=isch&tbo...

Blueberry Gall Midge:
http://www.google.com/search?q=blueberry+gall+midge&tbm=isch...
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 14, 2013 6:56 PM CST
Thanks Lin but that's not them. I actually just found them. They are the nymphs of Leaf Footed Stink Bugs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrJH5pOpi24
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Jun 14, 2013 6:58 PM CST
Aha! Glad you found the identity ... are they harmful to the blueberry shrubs?

I just found this info; I guess they aren't good bugs to have on your blueberry bushes. :(

http://text.lsuagcenter.com/en/crops_livestock/crops/blueber...
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 14, 2013 7:36 PM CST
No, they are not good & not good for pecan trees either of which we have 80. So I found this non toxic method of dealing with them:
http://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/MizellRF/stink_bugs/stink_bugs.htm

And here is more info. about their effect on crops:
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in534

And I think I saw something about some kind of parasitic control which I will also pursue.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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