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Lemon Tree – Unidentified Insects in Soil!?

Zone Constanta, Romania | Cipry added on April 3, 2018 | Answered

I have a lemon tree in a pot and today I saw after I watered the tree, some insects in the soil. Maybe someone can recognize these insects? Here you can find more photos: http://www.mediafire.com/folder/e5wwcwgn5x5aj/Citrus_Tree_in_Pot_-_Unidentified_Insects_in_Soil

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MichiganDot
Answered on April 3, 2018

Yes, those could be springtail nymphs. The good news is that they don't damage crops. http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74136.html

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Cipry
Answered on April 3, 2018

Yes, I know that the picture is blurry, but I can not make a clearer picture because the camera is not meant to make clear shots for this insects so small. I used a 20X magnifying glass but I need a microscope camera for these insects that are very small. Regarding these insects, I think they are springtails!?, but who has more experience can confirm. Thank You!

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MichiganDot
Answered on April 3, 2018

The picture was blurry when I enlarged it so I can't tell for sure. It looks like either a white aphid or mealybug. If mealybug seems correct (aphid is more likely), look for ladybug larvae before reaching for a pesticide. Ladybug larvae eat mealybugs and the two are not easy to tell apart.

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