Please identify this plant and the tiny red bugs attached to stem

shawne_growAugust 25, 2008

Does anyone know what this plant is called? It's about 4 feet tall. There are hundreds of tiny red bugs attaching themselves to it also and I would like to know if they should be taken care of.

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carol23_gw

The flowers may be Helianthus. There are lots of yellow flowered members of the Asteraceae family.

There are red mites.
If that is what you have, try a blast with the hose to knock them off. Mites usually do quite well in dry , hot weather.

Here is a link that might be useful: red mites

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 9:41AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

How about giving us a picture of the critters? I rather doubt that they are mites, since those guys are practically microscopic. But there are plenty of other possibilities.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 2:13PM
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calliope(6)

Yep. Some aphids are bright red, too.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 5:53PM
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bonniepunch(USDAz4 AgCanz5a)

Do they look like this?

If so, then they're red aphids. They are frequent pests on my Heliopsis. I hit them with the hose. I've tried insecticidal soap and isopropol alcohol on them and they barely put a dent in them. The hose gets rid of all of them :-)

BP

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 8:17PM
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gardenguru1950(SunsetZ16)

Uroleucon rudbeckiae, a red aphid, on a Helianthus.

Joe

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 8:25PM
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