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Evert
Helsinki
Finland
(Zone 4b)


July 24, 2002
2:14 PM

Post #37082

What are these small black bugs in my Calendula? I also saw them in my gourd flower.

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Baa

July 24, 2002
2:27 PM

Post #310361

Hard to say but they look like Thrips.
Lilith
Durham
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

July 24, 2002
2:43 PM

Post #310374

i have those too, little tiny beetle things, they like my calendulas and my centaureas too
Evert
Helsinki
Finland
(Zone 4b)


July 24, 2002
2:54 PM

Post #310385

I didn't notice these until today. They weren't there yesterday... :/ I don't have any of these in my 'Touch of Buff' Calendulas or Centaureas.
Lophophora
Tokyo
Japan

July 24, 2002
3:56 PM

Post #310440

Not thrips. Flower beetles, but not Scarabaeidae. Maybe something in Melooidea - sorry, not too familiar with that superfamily, esp. Eur., and don't have many resources.

On the bright side Evert, it appears that they're feeding off the flower's pollen, and may even pollinate it for you. If the petals are still there tomorrow, then no worries :)

Evert
Helsinki
Finland
(Zone 4b)


July 24, 2002
4:13 PM

Post #310447

:) I hope they do... I want to save this variety, it is called 'Honeymoon'. The petals are bright yellow and lighter on the edges.
Baa

July 24, 2002
4:39 PM

Post #310468

Ahhh yes the pollen beetle, Thanks Lophophora. Not particularly good for Oilseed crops but not a high priority insect either.

http://www.globalfarmers.com/news/images/pollenbeetle280302.jpg
Lophophora
Tokyo
Japan

July 24, 2002
9:09 PM

Post #310659

Baa - I perform a low and respectful bow in your general direction.

"The High Baa, Chief Poobah of All Zoographic Taxonomists at DG"

You can see I'm seething with jealosy :) :)
(How'd you find that link? I searched for hours!!!!!!)
Baa

July 24, 2002
9:20 PM

Post #310666

All cheques gratefully received ;)

When I read your post I remembered I'd answered a question on Oilseed Rape (Canola) yesterday and the name pollen beetle from endless arable lectures popped up from the brain fluff. So I just typed in pollen beetle and up it came. I reckon all those boring hours making paper balls and throwing them at friendly, beaming faces, armed to the teeth with sharper balls of paper during lectures was worth it after all LOL.
Lophophora
Tokyo
Japan

July 24, 2002
9:47 PM

Post #310680

Hahahahhahhehehehehehhheheheheheheh! (Longhand for "ROTFL".)

Baa, you're too much!

(And the check is in the mail... next Tuesday...:)
lizh
N.C. Mts., NC
(Zone 6b)

July 25, 2002
12:51 AM

Post #310846

Baa & Lophophora, I love "reading" you two.
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

July 25, 2002
2:20 AM

Post #310950

They are so fun aren't they?
Evert
Helsinki
Finland
(Zone 4b)


July 25, 2002
6:58 AM

Post #311121

Yeah... Baa, can I come sometimes to drop water filled plastic bags from your window with ya? *G*
Baa

July 25, 2002
8:49 AM

Post #311137

***
Baa

July 25, 2002
8:51 AM

Post #311138

Lophophora

Something tells me not to hold my breath on that one *G*

Evert

Anytime, as long as your mom doesn't call me up to tell me I'm a bad influence!
Evert
Helsinki
Finland
(Zone 4b)


July 25, 2002
9:38 AM

Post #311143

:D
Lophophora
Tokyo
Japan

July 26, 2002
2:06 PM

Post #312162

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