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    Are they still on there? If you haven't taken them off yet, just wait 'til they hatch. I bet you'll recognize them then! (Yes, I still think they're mealybugs.)

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    LOL! Maybe so, but I've had 'em for over a year on several plants and never seen a mealybug! I'm open to any possibility, however, since nothing seems to make sense.

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    Max,
    Clean the whitefly off as we described and you won't have the problem anymore.

    Whitefly looks exactly as pictured in your photo. Our Florida Dept of Agriculture inspector has had many discussions with us regarding those little beasts and has given us the same instructions to eliminate them which we passed on to you. Yes, they hide on the undersides of leaves, but they can also be on the top and along the stems, and the tendrils and pitchers. We would take a pic of them, but (he said smugly) we have the problem under control.

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    I will do that, Trent. I've got two plants that are hit pretty bad, and another three that I've seen them on, but are not bad. Tomorrow or Wednesday, they go for good. No more Mr. Nice Guy.

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    I'm with you on that one buddy [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] !

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    Ok, I think I figured out what they are. I think I've seen theese on palm trees outside my apartment. It appears, that they are indeed a type of whitefly, but not the typical. Theese flies are very tiny, and would probably be passed off as specs of dust. Very tiny. This is why we dont see the adults. The indeed lay there eggs in white cases which build up on the leaves. They dont seem to cause much harm to the plant itself, although the infected organs will eventualy shows minor symptoms. The problem with theese is that their egg cases become very unslightly. The trees around here are so badly infected, thick layers of white crud can be seen beneath and ontop of the leaves. It's disgusting. I now know that this pest should be treated as other species of whitefly. Remember, the adults are very tiny, and look like mere specs of dust floating in the air. MYSTERY SOLVED [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/blues.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    mealy bugs are generally white fuzzy bugs with no wings and can move but cant fly, whiteflies are smaller and can fly, I have had infestations of both and Insecticide works best for my plants, which are usually sarracenia
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    Hello everyone,

    I'm yet to have a insects problem on a healthy Nepenthes, but a cutting or newly arrived plants that took shipping a little ruff seem to attract a whole slue of little beasties. I have try just about everything including...
    Beneficial insects such as...

    Aphidius colemani
    Aphidoletes aphidimyza
    Hippodamia convergens
    Chrysopa carnea
    Phytoseiulus persimilis
    Encarsia formosa
    Tenodera aridifolia sinensis

    I tried a few different soaps with mix success.
    A stream of water did not really do a who lot for me.
    Submerged the plant in water for a few day, seemed to rot the plant more then anything.
    Vinegar did ok, and a whole bunch of other home remedies and other insecticides that aren't worth repeating.

    The Encarsia formosa really did a pretty good job with the white fly.

    The larger insects got eaten by the plants to fast for them to do any good.

    So far the only thing that has really work for me is this stuff called Hi-Yield Diazinon 4E Insect Spray. Now this stuff is very strong I only need to use about 2 to 3 applications a year. Whenever I use it I wear a painters mask and gloves. After I'm done spraying I wont go in the GH for the rest of the day. I just mix it in a spray bottle and spray it on anything that looks unusual. I have used it on every type of CP and it does great on everything but Pings, it burns the leaves.

    thanks
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