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Old 06-04-2010, 07:25 PM
Location: la hacienda
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What is this white stuff on the stalk of this black eyed susan perennial? It looks to be like cotton and a little thready. (sorry the picture is not sharper) Does it have anything to do with the insect that is near the bloom? Is it something I should be concerned about?

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Old 06-04-2010, 07:46 PM
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White stuff looks like Meallybugs.

What they are is covered here: Mealybug - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Controls are covered in some of these links:
Mealybug Control

Mealybug Control in the Organic Garden: Use Natural Pesticides to Kill Flower and Vegetable Garden Pests (http://organicgardens.suite101.com/article.cfm/mealybug_control_in_the_organic_garden - broken link)

Beginner Houseplants: Mealy bug on Citrus

The other critter looks like a small grasshopper.
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:26 PM
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That stuff always gets on my black-eyed susans. Never seems to hurt anything, so I've never bothered to do anything about it.
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Old 06-07-2010, 05:50 AM
Location: Newport, NC
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I agree with the mealy bug response. You should be able to control the problem by spraying with soapy water ( use a mild dishwashing soap without a lot of additives).
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