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Old 05-28-2009, 03:46 PM   #1
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I have some bugs only on one of my hop plants. My Willamette is about nine feet tall now and I noticed yesterday when I got home from work that the leafs on the top were covered with bugs. They were small (obviously) and black. Their wings were as long as their bodies and they were easily knocked off the leaves by shaking. As a fly fisherman...these bugs look just like what I would call a midge. Also, there were two ladybugs nearby which Im sure is a good thing and most likely related to the other bugs...Im wondering if I should be concerned or not?

I don't have pics right now but maybe later I can post some.

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Old 05-28-2009, 03:50 PM   #2
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Any damage to the plants?

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There are some leaves on the lower portion of the plant that have been chewed on ...but these are no where near the bugs. They don't appear to be aphids after looking at what aphids look like on google, but they congregating near the newer growth which is aphid like behavior...

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Unless you see sign of them munching your plants leave them alone. There are too many benificial insects to risk responding to every unknown on a whim.

Ladybugs are a good sign to an extent, IMO. Lots of ladybugs frequently means there is a buffet keeping them interested. Is that good, or bad? You decide for yourself. However, I wouldn't want to rick killing off the benificials considering how ineffective many of the off the shelf product are toward the damaging bugs.

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Unless you see sign of them munching your plants leave them alone. There are too many benificial insects to risk responding to every unknown on a whim.

Ladybugs are a good sign to an extent, IMO. Lots of ladybugs frequently means there is a buffet keeping them interested. Is that good, or bad? You decide for yourself. However, I wouldn't want to rick killing off the benificials considering how ineffective many of the off the shelf product are toward the damaging bugs.

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Yeah, Im really not too concerned about it. And unless I see drastic changes to the plant Im just going to let them do what they do...

I just found it a little strange that I only see them on one of the five plants that I have
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Maybe box elder bugs? I have them every year around this time, they love the maple seeds and they were all over my hops last year, they didn't hurt anything. If the plant looks healthy I'd probably just leave them alone.

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Yeah, Im really not too concerned about it. And unless I see drastic changes to the plant Im just going to let them do what they do...

I just found it a little strange that I only see them on one of the five plants that I have
Inspect your plants closely one day. Turn a lot of leaves and look at the bines. Then get the hose and sprinkle the leaves lightly. You'll be awestruck by the amount of bugs that scatter out of the plants that you never saw on close inspection.
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Maybe box elder bugs? I have them every year around this time, they love the maple seeds and they were all over my hops last year, they didn't hurt anything. If the plant looks healthy I'd probably just leave them alone.
Box elder bugs are huge in comparison to these critters. But, I do have box elder bugs all over my house and plants
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Box elder bugs are huge in comparison to these critters. But, I do have box elder bugs all over my house and plants
Do you have a Golden Rain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata)? or a box elder?



These things produce a type of algea on their bark that supports hundreds to thousand of those Box Elder bugs. I had one of those trees. Loved the tree, hated the bugs. I'd find those danged things EVERYWHERE and no amount of sprays, fumicides, tactical personal nuclear RPG's would get rid of them. I'd have to get rid of the tree to get rid of the bugs.
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Do you have a Golden Rain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata)? or a box elder?



These things produce a type of algea on their bark that supports hundreds to thousand of those Box Elder bugs. I had one of those trees. Loved the tree, hated the bugs. I'd find those danged things EVERYWHERE and no amount of sprays, fumicides, tactical personal nuclear RPG's would get rid of them. I'd have to get rid of the tree to get rid of the bugs.



Here are a couple pics that show a small portion of my back yard. I have no idea what kind of trees I have aside from that japanese maple and the big maples in the background. Apparently we have something that they like though. good thing they do no damage to the plants or house
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