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little white bugs

Post  paulf on Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:20 pm



Hi,

Ive got these little white critters in my soil. you can see a few of them on that lump of biogold - id say they were about 2mm long. any idea what they are ?

P

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Re: little white bugs

Post  JimLewis on Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:06 am

I can see the specks, but can't tell if they crawl, fly, slither or move some other way. Can you tell us more?
Or get a REAL closeup? Are they only on the soil? Not the tree?

Your soil looks a bit wet but all the fungus gnats I've seen are black and not white.

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Re: little white bugs

Post  Guest on Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:17 am

Hello Paul. Fertilizer cakes tend to get fly larvae on them. I don't think its anything to worry about. You have some great mosses growing in the substrate though.

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Re: little white bugs

Post  paulf on Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:37 pm

I took another shot of the bugs with a better close up lense.

im the moss king. i got so much moss its become an irritation.

the black goo forms over the winter - i strip off the topsoil twice a year to get rid of the moss and the soil underneeth is pristine. that pot was handled poorly over the winter and the drainage holes on the pot were partially blocked which boosted the goo. Ive been away from home for the last 8 months so aslong as my wife waters the trees its the best i can do.

its an oak tree ( quercus robur ) and is currently growing explosively so it doesnt seem to have suffered.

i drenched all the pots with bayer provado and it seems to have slowed down the little white things.

now the maples have got aphids. damn insects.


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Re: little white bugs

Post  JimLewis on Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:01 pm

Yes. Those look like larva of some kind of fly. They're unlikely to damage your trees.

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Re: little white bugs

Post  Guest on Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:48 pm

They appear to have antenae and legs. Could they be Woodlice, Pill bugs, Roly poly's or Slaters?

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Little White Bugs

Post  bonsaisr on Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:50 pm

I'm no expert, but they look more to me like slugs.
Iris

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Little White Bugs

Post  Guest on Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:59 pm

bonsaisr wrote:I'm no expert, but they look more to me like slugs.
Iris

Do slugs have legs in the US, Iris?

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Re: little white bugs

Post  Dave Martin on Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:20 pm

Sorry Iris these are not slugs.

I think they are springtails. Have a look at the link below.

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ig124

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