Can you identify these bugs?
May 31, 2011 1:48 PM   Subscribe

Any idea what these bugs are?

Found these bugs on a couple of my grape leaves. Nasty problem requiring a 'solution' or something I can squish and ignore?
posted by zeoslap to Home & Garden (6 answers total)
Looks like aphids. Hard to tell, really. There are a load of aphid management methods out there. Just start hitting the Google. Even if it's not aphids, a lot of insect management programs will work well on other insects not necessarily intended for your specific target. A better picture would also help us clear up if they're actually a parasitic insect or not.
posted by ZaneJ. at 1:53 PM on May 31, 2011

Best answer: They actually look like lady bug pupa.
posted by snsranch at 1:59 PM on May 31, 2011

Really hard to see well, but seconding lady bugs based on shape. Try getting a closer look: They start out looking like tiny, stubbly baby alligators with 6 legs. Generally black, at least early on. seems like that get red or yellow banding at some point. Great for controlling aphids, so do not kill! Great picture, snsranch.
posted by Ys at 2:06 PM on May 31, 2011

Response by poster: If you click the magnifying glass and then use the zoomer you can see them pretty well (no?)

So aphids or aphid munchers....
posted by zeoslap at 4:20 PM on May 31, 2011

Response by poster: Hmmmm they really did look like this

Now I'm super sad I squished em :(
posted by zeoslap at 4:23 PM on May 31, 2011

Don't feel too bad, I'm very protective of my garden too. If you want, you can always buy a couple of boxes of adults to spread around. They're only a couple of bucks and most nurseries and garden shops have them this time of year.
posted by snsranch at 5:10 PM on May 31, 2011

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