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    Could they be springtails?
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    Josh,

    I also have a mystery pest on a couple of my neps. They look like tiny white rectangles. However, I have NOT seen mine move, although they have to move to get where they are. Accompanying them usually are what look like a form of greyish scale things. I don't know if these are eggs, if they are the mother bugs, or what the heck is going on. These are clearly not mentioned in any of my CP books, and don't look like any photos I've seen. I find that I have to manually remove them, and that Orthonex isn't terribly effective against it. Next time I get a little outbreak (and at this point I'm resigned to it as the keep coming back) I'll take a photo.

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    Sounds like aphids to me [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Capslock @ Jan. 11 2004,13:11)]Josh,

    I also have a mystery pest on a couple of my neps. They look like tiny white rectangles. However, I have NOT seen mine move, although they have to move to get where they are. Accompanying them usually are what look like a form of greyish scale things. I don't know if these are eggs, if they are the mother bugs, or what the heck is going on. These are clearly not mentioned in any of my CP books, and don't look like any photos I've seen. I find that I have to manually remove them, and that Orthonex isn't terribly effective against it. Next time I get a little outbreak (and at this point I'm resigned to it as the keep coming back) I'll take a photo.

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    The infection seems to be down now after repeated mistings with the Pyrethins stuff. I did melt down my large U. alpina though-apparently they don't care for insecticides of any kind. I dug up the tubers of U. alpina and replanted them in all new media. I found the plant the bugs originally came on, my Paph. villosum. The bugs are concntrated on the dead flower stalk nub (the part I couldn't easily cut down between the leaf sheaths) perhaps they are sacrophytes feeding only on dead organic matter, and in that case, nothing to worry about?

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    Swords,
    I had a few of these guys a few months ago, for me, only on the old black leaves. Since my last clean/trim, I haven't seen any, but they seemed to do no harm, a little on the contrary, actually, because I saw them eating the mold that started to form on some nectar that was dripping onto the floor. No worries. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/unclesam.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif[/img]
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    Hi all:

    I have a similar problem with my stem cuttings. Where it is supposed to root, they love to dwell in there. same with some ceph plants, they love to be buried beneath the sphagnum moss. I have not seen them actually chew or destroy my plants, but they look obnoxious to me, so i am getting rid of them with pyrethrin and other nep compatible insecticides.

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