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    Unknown pest

    There are tiny pests about 1mm long circular, black, and shiny on my pinguicula. Anyone know what they are? So far no damage is observed, but I don't want to see any either. Pics coming soon.

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    Yep pics would be really helpful, what substrate do you have it potted in, I've had a similar sounding bug as yours, only ever seen them when using live sphag and never observed any damage done by them.

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    Fungus gnats that your ping is snacking on?
    Last edited by marcus_r; 10-02-2015 at 08:57 AM.

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    Springtails and fungus gnats are the two most common things that I find in my pings. Pics help though.

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    Black, round, and shiny makes me think of the soil-mites that popped up in my terrestrial utrics and spread to a few other pots, including pings, where I found them stuck to the leaves. In my case, I didn't notice any detrimental effects from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axelrod12 View Post
    Springtails and fungus gnats are the two most common things that I find in my pings. Pics help though.
    I know what fungus gnats and springtails are, it wasn't either. I think it's some sort of beetle but I am not sure. Here are pics:[IMG] photo IMG_2688 1_zpsfafqkvd8.jpg[/IMG]

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    Those appear to be small beetles of some kind. I think it's safe to remove them from the "pest" category and stick them on the dinner menu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu138 View Post
    Those appear to be small beetles of some kind. I think it's safe to remove them from the "pest" category and stick them on the dinner menu.
    I wish. I too thought they were free food until I came back and they were gone. Again no damage was observed but they obviously managed to escape. Maybe they are "pests" after all but after being soaked in acid they decided to go elsewhere.

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