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shelagh

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Black nasties
« on: May 24, 2019, 02:32:48 PM »
Can anyone help me identify these black nasties which are all over a young Elder we have in the front garden. We have 2 books on pests and diseases and these don't feature in either, typical.
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ian mcdonald

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Re: Black nasties
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2019, 03:21:40 PM »
Sorry Shelagh, the picture is not clear enough. Are they aphids?

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Re: Black nasties
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2019, 04:12:34 PM »
I think so Ian, unfortunately there was a stiff breeze blowing so the branch wouldn't stay still.
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Re: Black nasties
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2019, 05:29:41 PM »
Elder aphids? Might be worth fighting them, since this page mentions them overwintering on the roots of Saxifraga: https://influentialpoints.com/Gallery/Aphis_sambuci_elder_aphid.htm
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Re: Black nasties
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2019, 05:31:39 PM »
Thank you so much for all that information. They are definitely what we have although after using the Bug Gun yesterday there are a lot less than there were. I shall re-read the info you sent as it's a lot to take in.
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