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Insects on pepper plant

Zone Phoenixville, PA | Brie Gardener added on January 10, 2017 | Answered

I cannot figure out what these insects are. They are all over both sides on the leaves of my pepper plants. They don't look like typical aphids, neither do they look like whiteflies. The white spot is the larvae and the black is the adult, which looks like it has wings to me but does not fly. I have included pictures. Please help!! Thank you.

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Alisma
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Answered on January 11, 2017

I believe these are thrips. Various species of these tiny insects can infest plants, especially those kept indoors, but they can also be outdoors as well. Spraying down the plant with water is one way to knock down the population. Here is some information on them and how to treat the problem:

http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/r604300711.html
http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/r280301411.html
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/controlling-thrips.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pepper/curling-leaves-on-peppers.htm

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