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Identity of micro insects?

Post  jjocsak on 12/3/2015, 5:25 pm



This is the first year I have seen this damage on my new starts.
All these plants are indoors and some are even being grown hydroponically but most are in potting soil.
At first they just looked like some sort of spots but then I took some photos
They are so small I didn't even realize this was some kind of insect.
I see the damage mostly on the fist new leaves.
Can anyone identify them?

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 12/3/2015, 6:04 pm

HI, Jeff!  

Thrips, perhaps?  Scroll down on this page:

http://www.jasons-indoor-guide-to-organic-and-hydroponics-gardening.com/indoor-garden-pests.html

Molly Hespera, help!


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Post  jjocsak on 12/4/2015, 8:23 am

Thanks for the quick reply.
That looks like what they are.
I wonder how they got there since I never had them before.
Maybe from a new bag of Organic potting soil that I was trying.

I hope they die off and don't come back.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/4/2015, 10:15 am

Jeff, make sure you get the damaged leaves off & out of the house...
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Post  jjocsak on 12/4/2015, 10:16 am

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Jeff, make sure you get the damaged leaves off & out of the house...
Thanks, I just did that about 1/2 hour ago.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 12/4/2015, 6:15 pm

Yes, those little buggers get in somehow! Good luck! That site was pretty comprehensive.
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Post  sanderson on 12/5/2015, 4:47 pm

Haven't seen any of these. However, now that the subject has been discussed, I am guaranteed to get them next year. Shocked

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Post  CitizenKate on 12/5/2015, 8:32 pm

I had a neighbor once who was working on a PhD in entomology, and remember thinking what an exciting life he had ahead of him.  Not.  But it's amazing how fascinating bugs can become when they stand between you and something you love.  Or, such as in the case of helpful insects like bees, when you realize how dependent we are on them.
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Post  jimmy cee on 12/7/2015, 8:31 am

These 2 books have changed my entire outlook on bugs, along with educating me a wee bit...
As of now I'l never kill a bug again until I find out what it is, if it's beneficial or pesty.

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Post  sanderson on 12/7/2015, 4:22 pm

I bought the top one. It was helpful but I just wished it had more insects. It was used so I wasn't out a lot of money.

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