key lime tree pests

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  1. kw conch

    kw conch Member

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    I have a true key lime tree that was grafted from my parents tree in key west Fl. It has been blooming and giving us nice limes. here recently it has been dropping some leaves and the small limes that were forming are falling off. I've also noticed there are little white insects on the trunk and branches. They resemble a shark fin on top of its body, as you try to touch them they just roll over around the branch away from your finger. they do fly,and I've sprayed them with water only for them to return. they hold there wings up when at rest and its in the shape of a fin. Does anyone know what they might be and if so how do you get rid of them? And are they harmful to the tree. thanks in advance. Any help will be appreciated. Ialso did'nt mention I have yet to plant the tree in the ground ,it is in a 10 gal bucket right now. the tree is about 3 feet high and about 1 1/2 years old. thanks.
     
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    could be aphids, could be thrips. can you post a pic of them?
     
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    Or do they look like this ?
     

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  5. kw conch

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    Thanks for the reply's. I will try to post a pic of them in the next day or two, I'm extremely busy with work right now but I would like to get a picture of them up on the screen. They look a lot like the last one that was sent except they are solid bright white in color. There are more showing up, not real sure what to do about them. Again thanks for the reply's. I'll try to get a picture up as soon as I can.
     

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