Ask a Question forum: Okra plant insect (eggs?) on underside of leaf.

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Name: Mary Hall
DFW Texas (Zone 7b)
May 19, 2017 1:21 PM CST
I'm finding tiny perfectly round balls on underneath side of leaves, larger than a grain of salt and color is clear like looking at At water drop. I touched one and it came off on my finger. Not water. I saw them last year but caused no problem. But last year I also had on okra plants a preditor flying slender bug that would move around the stem to hide from me and he took care of any insects. I was never able to identify him. I wish I could. This year I also had signs of leaf miners and I cut those leaves off but wonder if the little clear round balls could be eggs. Thank you in advance for any help you send my way. Mary
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 22, 2017 4:18 PM CST
Howdy there Mary 😁
Back side of Okra leaves get little dew like dropetts of sap, without real close up pic, i think thats what your seeing. Plants are perspiraring.
If it were bug eggs, they would be in a close, circle kind of formation. Not just hear and there all over leaves. Plus, eggs would turn color, before they hatch.

I can't think of any cylindrical shaped predator bug. Check the bug ID forum, to see if you can ID the bug.
Let us know.

Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Mary Hall
DFW Texas (Zone 7b)
May 23, 2017 7:12 AM CST
Thank you Philip for your response to my question which you suggest are dew drops on underneath side of okra leaves. I think you are correct. I will take a pic of predator bugs if they appear again this year. Thanks again

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