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Citrus => Citrus General Discussion => Topic started by: gardennewbe on August 15, 2017, 03:58:00 PM

Title: bugs I can't identify
Post by: gardennewbe on August 15, 2017, 03:58:00 PM
I found this group of bugs this morning. The tree is a potted dwarf orange. I only found them in this one spot. A google search came up empty.
  (http://img125.imagevenue.com/loc484/th_812395347_bugs2_122_484lo.JPG) (http://img125.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=812395347_bugs2_122_484lo.JPG)
Title: Re: bugs I can't identify
Post by: Susanne42 on August 22, 2017, 03:02:58 PM
baby spiders???
Title: Re: bugs I can't identify
Post by: citrange on August 23, 2017, 06:13:05 PM
To me they look like very small ants.
A bit of research suggests they may be Argentine Ants which are apparently widespread in California.
Although most images don't seem to show the greenish abdomen which yours have, I think this photo is similar:


(https://s3.postimg.cc/q4nqhoh6n/image124.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/q4nqhoh6n/)

Perhaps your citrus has scale insects that the ants are collecting honeydew from?
More details athttp://drkaae.com/InsectCivilization/assets/Chapter_18_Bees_Wasps_and_Ants.htm (http://drkaae.com/InsectCivilization/assets/Chapter_18_Bees_Wasps_and_Ants.htm)

Title: Re: bugs I can't identify
Post by: guadua on August 24, 2017, 10:00:07 PM
They look like leaf footed bug nymphs.