CLOSED: Flower Bugs

Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

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

Thumbnail by Evert

Hard to say but they look like Thrips.

Durham, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

i have those too, little tiny beetle things, they like my calendulas and my centaureas too

Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

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.

Tokyo, Japan

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 :)

Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

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

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

Tokyo, Japan

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!!!!!!)

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.

Tokyo, Japan

Hahahahhahhehehehehehhheheheheheheh! (Longhand for "ROTFL".)

Baa, you're too much!

(And the check is in the mail.... next Tuesday...:)

N.C. Mts., NC(Zone 6b)

Baa & Lophophora, I love "reading" you two.

Deep South Coastal, TX(Zone 10a)

They are so fun aren't they?

Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

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

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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!

Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

:D

Tokyo, Japan

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