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Jul 4, 2015 8:00 AM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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I have just noticed this year (not very observant) that when I stand under the shade of my Crape Myrtles it feels like it is raining. If I am taking photos I notice the little moisture drops on my camera. What is that?
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Jul 4, 2015 9:28 AM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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Is it sticky? Could be honeydew from aphids or some other honeydew producing insect. I've no experience with crape myrtles but that can happen with other overhead plants.
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Jul 4, 2015 12:36 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
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I get that too. Someone told me it was insect pee. Crying
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Jul 4, 2015 12:41 PM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Well, I am going to have to look closer, I have seen no aphids or other insects and the stuff does not feel sicky.
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Jul 4, 2015 1:11 PM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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Apparently sharpshooters can "rain" honeydew from crape myrtle too - there's a video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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Jul 4, 2015 4:23 PM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Tomorrow I am going to take my telephoto camera out and scour the trees!
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Jul 6, 2015 3:02 PM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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Whatever it is, it's also in hackberry & cherry laurel trees.
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Jul 6, 2015 3:15 PM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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I looked again over the past two days and found nothing, but I also did not notice the "rain" those two days.
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Jul 6, 2015 4:07 PM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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I've wondered before if the trees were guttating on really hot days?
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Jul 6, 2015 4:22 PM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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I don't know what that is, but it sounds nasty! Rolling on the floor laughing
This article says trees can't create enough force to overcome the pull of gravity to force the moisture up.
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/c...
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Jul 7, 2015 5:05 AM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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I'd wondered about guttation when you first posted but when I looked it up in relation to crape myrtle one site specifically said they aren't prone to it, although another showed a picture purporting to be dried guttation crystals on a crape myrtle. I think it's more likely to be insects. If you really wanted to go to town on finding out, you could put something white, like a sheet, on the ground and shake or hit a few branches and see if any insect falls out. You may have a hard time seeing sharpshooters, if that's what it is, while they're still in the plant.
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Jul 7, 2015 6:07 AM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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I found this site that suggests it might be aphids.
https://ask.extension.org/ques...
This site also suggests aphids.
http://maybellinesgarden.blogs...
I have noticed an invasion lately of my Tropical Milkweed by orange aphids, but will have to look even closer on the crape myrtles for black or maybe green aphids?
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Jul 7, 2015 6:23 AM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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There's a specific crape myrtle aphid. Descriptions here:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/crea...
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/...
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