Friday, 16 May 2014

Teeny Tinny insects

Have been searching, but still no luck, don't know what they are, there are things that look similar. 
Thanks to Countryside Tales
One amazing insect



I remember seeing  tinny white bits on these Scots pine and Larch trees last year, they look a bit like someone has left a tissue in there pocket and washed it.



Also check these trees daily, so Wednesday was the first time I spotted them, the small coppice of these trees is situated next to the road on a grassed area which leads you to the park. Only one side of the wood seems to get infected, this side dose not get the full day sun.


The "egg" looks like cotton, and the little bug looks a little like Woodlice.... 





Even with my magnifier I am having  trouble seeing them properly.
I have also notice some of the eggs have a little droplet of fluid on them.

So can you help identify my Tinny Tinny insects
And are they doing the trees harm?

Thanks

6 comments:

  1. I did some digging and found this for you on askanaturalist.com. I'm sure it's the same thing: "The white dots are the egg cases of adelgids, probably the larch adelgid, (Adelges laricis). Adelgids are insects related to aphids. The egg cases are made of a kind of wax secreted by the insects for protection. They have a “wooly” appearance, which leads to them often being called “wooly adelgids.” There are approximately 50 species, all native to the northern hemisphere. Adelgids are specialized to feed on conifer trees, and can kill them."
    Ladybirds often appear at the same time to eat the aphids so might be worth checking for those too? CT x

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    1. Thanks CT, wow, have you read through the life cycle of this insect, amazing realy... They have found a good spot as both trees they need are both together in this little coppice. After reading some more I think we could have the ones that don't cause to much damage to the trees, I have lived here for over 17ys now and the trees are fine, not sure if the trees have had the bug that long, first remember seeing it last year. Will keep a eye on it and have a special look for Ladybirds.
      I had spent the whole evening looking, so thank you for letting me know.
      PS..put the sheet and light out last night,only got one tiny moth all night, will have another go to night as it has been warmer. Fingers crossed.

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  2. V happy to help- I know how frustrating it is when you want to find out what something is but can't locate it. I have lots of insect photos I'm working through for the garden ID survey here, so may ask for some assistance myself in due course! Two heads are better than one, and all that :-)

    Re the sheet and torch, you might find you get more results if you wait till mid-late June and a warm muggy type night. Also, you need to be present because without a catching-type box they will just fly off (apologies if I've read your message wrong and you were there, it sounded like you'd left it out). We did if for half an hour at around 10.30pm last summer and got a hawk moth! x

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    1. Thank, the one that landed on the sheet was a Many-plumed moth, quite a special looking moth..
      Amanda x

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  3. Great you have an ID as I didn't know - but tell me more about your sheet and light, are you trying out a moth trap? That is something I am meaning to do this year but haven't yet googled to see how to do it!

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  4. Thanks Mandy, I would like a moth trap a little expensive , and I have enough on this year, so going to save it for next years project. Putting the sheet and light out will bring a few, so that's fine for now.
    My husband attached a old light fitting to some wood, put it on top of the bin and hung a sheet on the washing line, placing the light next to the sheet. There is probably better ways of doing this.... And better done in June/ July when it's a bit warmer. Give it a go, I only got one moth on the first night....Many-plumed moth... Never seen one before, quite special.
    Amanda x

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