Irises forum: What are these black bugs?

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Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
May 21, 2017 1:36 PM CST
Eeee!!! I went out this morning and my iris have a ton of these black flying bugs...anyone know what they are? Good? Bad?


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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography
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Totally_Amazing
May 21, 2017 5:48 PM CST
Someone in the pests forum may be able to help. At a wild guess, it looks a bit like a weevil.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
May 21, 2017 8:19 PM CST
Do they look like this?
http://bugguide.net/node/view/...
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Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
May 21, 2017 11:17 PM CST
almost ... their heads are more rectangular though. Thanks for the thought. I'm not seeing any holes, so I'm not sure what they're doing. Hopefully scouring for any aphids that migrated from the rosebush.
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography
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Totally_Amazing
May 22, 2017 1:26 AM CST
I'm glad there are no holes Smiling
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Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
May 22, 2017 4:38 AM CST
No holes is a good start! Thumbs up
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Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
Jun 1, 2017 10:02 AM CST
So I took the little buggers (ha ha) to the entomologist, and he identified them as a soft winged flower beetle. According to him, they are after the pollen and don't harm the plant (which would explain why I wasn't seeing any damage).
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Jun 1, 2017 12:50 PM CST
Harmless little buggers - the best kind! Thumbs up
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Polymerous
Jun 1, 2017 7:03 PM CST
Well, harmless unless you want the pollen and they eat it all!
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography
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Totally_Amazing
Jun 1, 2017 7:50 PM CST
Were you given any advice on how to get rid of them Darcy?
Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
Jun 1, 2017 9:11 PM CST
No, I didn't even ask because he said they were harmless.
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jun 2, 2017 5:38 PM CST
I notice the little beetles on my yellow and white flowers. If I get too close and I'm wearing the same colored t-shirts, I have the beetles on me. Hilarious!

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