Is this insect a threat?

Discussion in 'Maples' started by Orchidity, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. Orchidity

    Orchidity Member

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    Well, I presume most insects are a threat. I've been unable to identify this little beast, hopefully someone here can tell me how nasty it will be. I am seeing them only on my small Waterfall maple so far, but will be doing a thorough inspection of all of my trees later today.

    What can I do to remove them, and at this early growth stage will it be safe to treat it at all? I've sent these photos to a good friend (Eastwood Nurseries), but thought more opinions may be warranted.

    Thanks in advance.
     

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  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Most insects are harmless, some are a threat, and some are beneficial.

    Looks like an aphid there, which is a minor pest. Hand-squish them if you like, or leave them for birds to eat.
     
  3. CSL

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    I would brown aphid - track down some lady bugs ( I have ordered them on line several times) and release them on your plant(s)

    Problem solved!

    Best Regards,
    CSL
     

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