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    Pest or Disease on Sarr Rubra?

    Hey everyone,

    The first two pitchers thrown up by my Sarracenia Rubra are spotted and a bit deformed. I've never seen this before on any of my Sarrs. What do you think? Here are some photos I took this morning. I hope you can see. I was thinking some bug decided to make a snack while my rubra was exiting dormancy, but I don't know. Any help would be great!





    Here is the whole plant.


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    No pics are showing for me.
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    Hey your a bay area native! You a memeber for the BACPS? If not you should be . Anyway I can't see pics either.
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    not seeing anything either just quote and copy the links

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    They weren't linked quite right. Here are the links to the pics Jeff is trying to show (Jeff if you change your image links to these, it will fix it):
    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/...a7b6c11f_b.jpg

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4071/...aeec1f51_b.jpg

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4057/...efa0fcbf_b.jpg

    I can't offer any insight as to exactly what it is from looking at the pics, but it does look like some kind of pest.

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    I don't see anything alarming. Sometimes the first set of pitchers for the year come out a little funny. I had a pitcher develop about a month ago that came out oddly deformed. No pests to speak of and the next pitcher is just fine. If this keeps happening or gets worse then I would be concerned. Hopefully the next couple pitchers will be fine.
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    Those scabs or scars could be caused by thrips. I would isolate/quarantine the plant for the time being. Keep a close watch on it. Thrips are tiny and difficult to spot. Some even go through a phase where the borrow into and live in the leaf tissue. A systemic insecticide should control thrips. Check the label before buying and applying.
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    I had thrips last year.

    Just in case you confirm that it's thrips like NoN suggested it might be, here's a few poor macros of them crawling on my sarrs, along with a life cycle chart I happen to have saved with those images. In actuality, these were no bigger than about 1 to 1.5mm long. Barely big enough to see with the naked eye...and they hide a lot.

    Thrips are tiny, they don't jump, they move at a "medium pace" (they're not extremely quick but they are definitely not sluggish) and can often be found crawling in and out of the soil and on the pots themselves.

    I used neem oil which killed them all in two separate treatments a week apart (I hit both the leaves and soil).

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