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Something growing on my blueberry leaves

Posted by jacqdavis 9 (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 10, 12 at 13:51

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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RE: Something growing on my blueberry leaves

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 10, 12 at 14:08

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. ;-)

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Al


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RE: Something growing on my blueberry leaves

WOW, thanks for responding to quickly Al. I guess this is a good thing and I should leave them be?


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RE: Something growing on my blueberry leaves

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 10, 12 at 15:27

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

Al


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RE: Something growing on my blueberry leaves

Great, thanks again Al!


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