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Insect and Spider Identification: small arthropods on leaves of Swiss chard

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Doconabike
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 3, 2013
7:33 PM

Post #9437958

Hi,
Today I found a cluster of small arthropods on my Swiss chard growing in a raised bed. There seem to be several different types of arthropod. I could identify a few ants (not in photo). There there were many small round critters. Are these likely aphids?
Very interestingly, I was looking at the aphids with a 40x microscope and saw another very small arthropod moving among the aphids. Any idea what the very small arthropod is that was among the aphids?
Thanks.

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Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

March 4, 2013
3:40 AM

Post #9438056

This is a mite, a tiny relative of ticks. From its appearance, it likely is a species that feeds on other small arthropods rather than plants.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 12, 2013
6:35 AM

Post #9446720

THe others do look like aphids. Lucky you- having a predator there.

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