Something growing on my blueberry leaves

jacqdavis(9)April 10, 2012

This morning, I notice lots of little tiny things growing on, below and around the leaves of my Misty and Sharpblue blueberry plants.

Can someone be so kind to help me identify what they are?

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Ohhhh! Lucky you! Those are eggs of Chrysopa rufilabris, the green lacewing. When they hatch, the larvae look like baby alligators, and are even more voracious, eating up to 200 insects per week, specializing in aphids, which is prolly why the larvae are often called aphid lions.

I prolly sound all knowledgeable & stuff, but it was Dori who first ID'd the eggs for me from a picture I posted several years ago, so she deserves the lions share of the credit - I only get credit for a memory that works. ;-)


    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 2:08PM
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WOW, thanks for responding to quickly Al. I guess this is a good thing and I should leave them be?

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 2:22PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Mmhmm - undoubtedly. People actually BUY the eggs & release the larvae as natural predators.


    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 3:27PM
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Great, thanks again Al!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 3:33PM
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