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Nov 1, 2013 3:33 PM CST
I have come across a knew pest I can't seem to identify. The larvae live on the bottom side of the leaves are roughly three times the size of a spider mite and look like miniature crickets.they seem to shed a skin and turn into small flying insects with rounded upward facing wings. They don't seem to damage the plant other than making the upper side of the leaf appear wet. The larvae are fast and plentiful. Any help would be appreciated thanks.
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Nov 1, 2013 3:57 PM CST
Hi, Duke.

Welcome! to ATP.

It's difficult to even hazard a guess without a photo, but are your bugs light green?

How do they compare to these?
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Nov 1, 2013 9:52 PM CST
Hi Duke, and a great big Welcome! to ATP.
Can you take a photo of them and post it here?
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Nov 1, 2013 10:08 PM CST
Photos are always the best ID tool, but I'd have to say, it's pretty hard to get a good photo of something 3x the size of a spidermite!

So are they blackish brown like a cricket, too?
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Nov 1, 2013 10:15 PM CST
It sounds like it could be Garden Fleahopper.

Nov 2, 2013 11:10 AM CST
I looked at the leafhopper the nymphs look similar but the adults don't look at all like what I have they are smaller than a fungus knat with rounded upward facing wings that don't lay down on it's back at rest they stay together and upright .I don't have a good enough camera to get a picture to small, and there is no apparent damage to the plant that's why i didn't catch it until that plant was so infested it had to be destroyed.It also doesn't seem to spreed to the other plants hardly at all just a couple of infected leaves on the surrounding plants. thank you for your help
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Nov 2, 2013 11:45 AM CST
Welcome! from me too!

We have a plant Pest and Disease Forum here at ATP: I wonder if @OldGardener would be able to help with identification from your description?

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Nov 2, 2013 1:47 PM CST
May I ask what plant had the infestation? Do you see anything that looks like either the remains of eggs or egg sacs? What part of the country are you in (south, southeast, etc.)? I apologize for bombarding you with questions but, without photos, this is a really tough one.

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Nov 5, 2013 6:19 AM CST
I wonder if you're seeing Kudzu bugs?
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