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Insect and Spider Identification: need help iding this tiny bug crawling on whiteflies

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uglymotherpluck
st Thomas
Virgin Islands (USA)

March 25, 2013
5:35 PM

Post #9461837

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
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

March 26, 2013
3:59 AM

Post #9462150

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?
uglymotherpluck
st Thomas
Virgin Islands (USA)

March 26, 2013
4:42 PM

Post #9463127

not quite- I looked at it under a microscope and it looks like it has under developed wings- maybe?

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Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

March 26, 2013
5:00 PM

Post #9463136

Nymph of a true bug (order Hemiptera), but can't tell much else...
uglymotherpluck
st Thomas
Virgin Islands (USA)

April 3, 2013
7:01 PM

Post #9471236

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.

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