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Beginner Gardening: Insect Identification - Phoenix, AZ

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Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

June 21, 2012
12:59 PM

Post #9174604

I am new to veggie gardening and do NOT want to use any chemicals. I am currently using ladybugs, killing by hand, yellow sticky paper and water hose to control whiteflies. All 3 pictures are leaves of my metki white cucumbers. Does anyone know what is about to hatch out of this pod? I have opposing opinions about the greenish, golden fly. One experienced gardener told me he wasn't sure what it is, but it is not harmful. Another person from a local nursery thought is was a leaf miner, but he didn't seem too sharp. Is the last picture a HUGE whitefly or do I have another type of insect?

I appreciate any help!!

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Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

June 21, 2012
3:08 PM

Post #9174776

1st pic - not sure, but I would let it hatch.

2nd pic - Tough to say either way. There's so many leaf miner flies. Looks sorta like a Longlegged fly Here is an adult leaf miner

3rd Pic - Looks like a White Leafhopper/Planthopper. Whiteflies generally lay flat against a leaf...and aren't that big.

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