We have a severe whitefly problem and as I clipped off a branch of the bouganvilla I saw these tiny grey/ tan bugs crawling over the whitefly larva. I am not sure if they are helpful or harmful. I can't seem to upload a pic so to describe it- it has a flat tear shaped body greyish tan w/ darker markings on the side edges looks like an african mask sort of, it has 6 legs it is a little bigger than the whitefly larva, crawls pretty fast- don't think it flies
need help iding this tiny bug crawling on whiteflies
Sounds like a predator on the whiteflies - did it look anything like http://www.pensoft.net/J_FILES/1/articles/4119/export.php_files/ZooKeys-262-039-g016.jpg or http://nzacfactsheets.landcareresearch.co.nz/factsheet/images/img00044large.jpg?
Nymph of a true bug (order Hemiptera), but can't tell much else...
Thank you for your replies- I have been trimming off the leaves that are over 50% infested and bagging and freezing them. I think the soapy water may be helping a bit too.