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    VFT Pest

    This evening I noticed some tiny little yellow things on the inside of my traps. They would probably be white but in contrast with the red on the inside of the traps they were clearly yellow.

    They appeared to move like maggots and looked a little like tiny maggots but on closer inspection they had legs.

    Anyone know what these could be? Thrips? I spot treated wherever I found them with some GardenSafe Insecticide and it appeared to kill them on contact.

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    Mites probably. 20x magnification would confirm the ID.

    The scourge of my Dionaea. Repeat spraying as often as recommended by the directions. If they are mites make sure the pesticide is recommended for mites.
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    Will do. I'll try to get a pic of any remaining insects tomorrow. They stay pretty stationary until you poke or prod them. Then they scurry to the recesses of the VFT for protection.

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    Sounds more like aphids to me ?
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    No they weren't aphids, although I did find 3 aphids. 2 on my VFT Red Dragon flower stalk and one on one of my D. filiformis flower stalks. Unless these are pupea of some sort?

    Actually, I just looked up pics of aphid pupae and they look strikingly similar. I'll see if I can't get a pic tomorrow to compare.

    http://hortchat.com/images/Aphids.jpg

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    If they're that big then they are probably not mites. Mites move slowly.
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    Actually, they look a little more like this....


    Waiting on batteries to charge to take a pic...

    I have never really have many pest issues so sorry if this is a common id.

    Here we go...


    for scale...
    Last edited by dashman; 06-04-2011 at 07:04 AM.

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    Yeah, looks like thrips. Difficult to control. Neem oil and pyrethrin aren't all that effective. Spinosad is your best bet. Look for Conserve, Green Light Lawn & Garden Spray Spinosad, Monterey Garden Insect Spray. The smaller chain garden centers carry Monterey. I haven't seen it at Lowe's or Home Depot. Their website has a store locater. Spinosad has minimal impact on most beneficial insects. Try local nurseries too.

    http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/QT/thripscard.html
    http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7429.html
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