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Old 06-29-2020, 05:15 PM   #1
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What is this?


Found this on my bush yesterday. It looks like a firethorn, or eastern red cedar or something, I forget off hand. Im in Austin Texas.

I thought it was a fungus, but I think its tiny bugs. They appear to be moving.
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Old 06-29-2020, 05:25 PM   #2
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My first guess would be mealybugs.
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Old 06-29-2020, 05:26 PM   #3
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Can't see well. Aphids or whiteflies. Or both.


https://www.almanac.com/pest/whiteflies


Aphids can be killed with just dish detergent suds.


A couple years ago, we had a sudden outbreak of whiteflies. I thought it might be related to the crop spraying that often drifted over the house. If it killed natural predators. . . just my thought.
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Old 06-29-2020, 05:29 PM   #4
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Whiteflies.
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Old 06-29-2020, 05:29 PM   #5
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I'd bet 1/2 my social security check it's not eastern red cedar. The tiny bugs look similar to aphids our son had on some of his garden plants. He tried Neem Oil but reported a few drops of liquid dish detergent in a quart of water and sprayed seemed to be more effective.






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Old 06-29-2020, 06:23 PM   #6
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Looks like APHIDS.
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Old 06-30-2020, 08:15 AM   #8
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Im thinking aphids. They look really fuzzy and barely move.
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Spray some soapy water on the branhces and leaves in addition to removing them by hand, see if it helps.
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@woodco , looks like bugs.

Maybe pan back and give full monty shots of the whole plant, just for kicks? Curious to see what it is.

Looks like your plant isn't in obvious distress, so no emergency. I'd wait till the Lacewings and Lady Bugs of Doom come in and feast, it's massive carnage on a tiny scale to watch, muah ha ha ha.

I also concur with @dj3 , but mother nature is the best murderer of all.
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Well, it doesnt have any berries on it right now... Its really thorny and grows red berries in massive clusters in the winter. This picture of a dwarf firethorn is what it looks like with the long branches and berries.
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It looks like this with berries.
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