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Insect and Spider Identification: Tiny, red-orange insects in my strawberry bed

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Bubbeez
Fond Du Lac, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 17, 2010
10:01 AM

Post #7800722

So last year my strawberry bed had some strange, tiny, red-orange insects crawling around it during summer. I didn't want to spray insecticide around my berries so I just killed what I could see with my shoe. I was just weeding the area this weekend when I noticed red-orange pods laying in groups on top and sometimes on the undersides of the strawberry leaves. I'm a little discouraged, I don't know what I'm dealing with here. I've plucked the pod-infested leaves that I've found but I'm sure I can't find them all! Am I going to have to burn my strawberry beds to the ground? :)

I'll post a picture of the pods tonight. I didn't have a camera available yesterday.




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melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


May 19, 2010
12:57 PM

Post #7807785

Yes, post images on this thread as soon as you can and we'll help you with an ID.
Bubbeez
Fond Du Lac, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2010
5:30 PM

Post #7817937

Finally got a camera!

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suunto
Sinks Grove, WV

May 23, 2010
8:05 AM

Post #7819452

These are too small to obtain a clear image, but these look more like beetle eggs to me than anything else - see http://tinyurl.com/2e2lk2b for an image of lady beetle eggs.
Bubbeez
Fond Du Lac, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 23, 2010
8:57 AM

Post #7819566

The link eggs aren't as oval as the ones I have? I've taken a closer pic.

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suunto
Sinks Grove, WV

May 23, 2010
9:28 AM

Post #7819632

Those were meant simply as an example not as an exact match for yours. See http://tinyurl.com/26zbr9v for a different example. BTW, a couple of the eggs in your image appear somewhat desiccated.

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