CLOSED: Tiny Black Bugs are Eating My Morning Glories. . . .

Jacksonville, TX(Zone 8a)

What are these things?

This is the first time I ever remember seeing them EVER!
I have enought problems with aphids and spider mites . . . now another critter to fight.

They have monster appetites for such a tiny bug.
Also, they do have wings!

Thanks for any help. . .

Emma

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Jacksonville, TX(Zone 8a)

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Jacksonville, TX(Zone 8a)

Here you can see the damage they do -
and they do it quickly

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Sinks Grove, WV

These are flea beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae; subfamily Galerucinae, tribe Alticini). See http://www.pbase.com/tmurray74/flea_beetles_alticini for photos of representative species. They can be very serious garden pests; they absolutely devastate my eggplant seedlings if not watched! See http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/fleabeetle.html for hints on organic control methods.

Jacksonville, TX(Zone 8a)

suunto, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for the ID.
Looks like I have some studying to do - thanks for the links too.

Wonder why these just all of a sudden appeared when I don't ever remember them before?

Thanks again,
Emma

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