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Can anyone identify this bug?

Post  cpl100 on 8/8/2012, 1:22 pm

I have these running around almost all of my planters and in my SFG. They are extremely small (thus hard to photo) and they run around rather than fly. (Or at least I have not seen them flying.) They are mostly black but some are white or silver near the back of their body.


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Re: Can anyone identify this bug?

Post  camprn on 8/8/2012, 1:33 pm

I call them gnats, but that is probably a misnomer. I believe they cause no harm.

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Post  Pollinator on 8/8/2012, 5:48 pm

I can't see well enough to be sure, but likely from their behavior, they are phorid flies. They are harmless to your garden, and may be helping, because some species parasitize pest insects like fire ants.
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Different bug on my pepper plant; what is it?

Post  cpl100 on 8/9/2012, 9:43 am

I looked on bugguide.net but did not see this bug which I noticed this morning.



Good or bad one? **crossing fingers**

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Post  camprn on 8/9/2012, 12:45 pm

Looks like a katydid to me.

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