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Name: Melissa
Connecticut (Zone 7a)
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May 27, 2017 11:49 AM CST
My English daisies and pansies have aphids. I've had no luck with home remedies like castille soap, so I've been hoping something would come along and eat the aphids. Recently I have been seeing these green insects with wings (see photos). They kinda look like giant aphids with wings to me. It's hard to see in the photos but the smaller yellowish dots are live, regular aphids so I'm not sure the winged bugs are helping.

Are the winged insects also aphids? or are they something that will kill the aphids? Any help is greatly appreciated!


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Name: Sue
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sooby
May 27, 2017 11:57 AM CST
Welcome!

They are aphids too, I'm afraid. Periodically aphids produce a winged form, you can tell they are aphids because they have two "tailpipes" known as cornicles.
Name: Daisy I
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May 27, 2017 12:44 PM CST
That is a great photo! Maybe there is someplace to add it to our files.
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plantmanager
May 27, 2017 12:46 PM CST
I thought he had lacewings, but I may be wrong. They are voracious eaters of aphids.
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Name: Daisy I
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May 27, 2017 12:49 PM CST
I'm pretty sure they are aphids with wings. Look at the one with his proboscis going right into the plant stem.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
May 27, 2017 1:10 PM CST
plantmanager said:I thought he had lacewings, but I may be wrong. They are voracious eaters of aphids.


You can tell they are aphids by the cornicles, if you look very closely behind the wings on the pictures you can just see them. Here's a pic of what to look for:

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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 27, 2017 1:16 PM CST
You're correct. Thank you Daisy and Sue.
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Shy_gardener
May 27, 2017 2:04 PM CST
WELCOME SOSO,


Looks like a good time to buy some ladybugs, from what I'm hearing...

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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 27, 2017 2:20 PM CST
If you want to buy ladybugs, check your garden center or nursery. Ours has ladybugs most of the year and it's cheaper than that ebay ad.
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Philipwonel
May 27, 2017 5:49 PM CST
So so ! 🎵🎵🎵
You want to do the do sow. 🎵🎵🎵
Regular dawn or ivory dish soap.
1 Tbl. To gallon of water. Be sure to spray underside of leaves. May take several two or three day sprayings.
On my vegetables, i don't even bother to wash it off.
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Name: Melissa
Connecticut (Zone 7a)
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May 27, 2017 7:31 PM CST
I hoping for better news but I'm glad to finally know what they are. Thank you everyone for confirming! Now that they're flying, are the aphids going to spread like crazy? Sighing!
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May 28, 2017 11:34 AM CST
So So
Ones you get wet with soap spray will die. Keep look out, on other plants. AND !!! Shoot-em ! Quick ! Thumbs up
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tx_flower_child
May 28, 2017 11:54 AM CST
Welcome!

Get some ladybugs. Follow the instructions carefully (not implying that you wouldn't). Agree that you should buy them locally. I haven't bought any for awhile but seem to recall that they need to be in a fridge while waiting to be released. Or maybe I'm thinking about something else.

@Danita - you might like these bug pictures.
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plantmanager
May 28, 2017 11:56 AM CST
The ladybugs I buy at my nursery always come from the fridge. It sounds weird, but they are healthy and do well. The only problem is they don't stay in one place for long. I put them in my greenhouse and they eventually fly away.
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May 28, 2017 12:06 PM CST
@plantmanager - it's a good thing that they fly away. It means you don't have any 'bugs' and they've gone off to other gardens to find a feast.
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plantmanager
May 28, 2017 12:14 PM CST
tx_flower_child said:@plantmanager - it's a good thing that they fly away. It means you don't have any 'bugs' and they've gone off to other gardens to find a feast.


That's what you would think, but soon after they're gone, I have bugs again. It's a never ending battle with aphids and whiteflies.

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Name: Melissa
Connecticut (Zone 7a)
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May 30, 2017 7:42 PM CST
Update: I've been spraying heavily with a water / dish soap mixture for the last 3 days (thanks @Philipwonel!) and I'm seeing significantly fewer aphids. If I stop spraying, I bet they'll be back but at same time, I'm worried too much soapy water will be bad for the plants. I might give spraying a few more days and if they come back after, next step will be to try ladybugs.

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