UPDATE help me “something eating my leaves”

Discussion in 'General Marijuana Growing' started by brett5cent, Jun 13, 2018.

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    brett5cent

    brett5cent New Member

    Ok so I posted about a pest eating holes in my leaves, I’ve seen nothing that does this besides caterpillars and worms. It’s an indoor garden so it’s highly unlikely that’s the case and I haven’t found a single one, I’ve looked intensely. However I just noticed these small red guys, visible with the naked eye, and I’ve posted photos below shot with a 60x microscope. I’ll post photos of damage too. I’ve sprayed with Montetey insect spray yesterday. Also I do not see any movement with these mysterious red things... they just sit on the stem of the leaves. One problem lead I pulled had 5 of them on the stem of the leaf. What the hell are these???
     

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    charface

    charface Well-Known Member

    I had them before and i don't think they have damaged the leaf.

    I never really found out what they were
    They looked very uniform like little shelled insects, or maybe honey dew.

    I assumed they were possibly a form of scale but?

    I just wiped them off and no harm was noted and I haven't seen them in years.

    Hopefully someone will tell us.
     
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    Kipn

    Kipn Member

    its a red spider mite id guess i have seen that in my outdoors years ago but if there is no webbing might be something else
     

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    brett5cent

    brett5cent New Member

    Do red spider mites eat holes in leaves? This is very strange to me.... I’ve also wondered if this could be the droppings of a bigger insect, but like I said, I’ve yet to see anything as far as a larger insect.
     
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    Kipn

    Kipn Member

    according to google they do. i haven't delt with mite in 20 yrs i hope someone with better experience can give better information. if your plats over run by them in a week and you start getting webbing on your leaves then youll know what they are
     
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    brett5cent

    brett5cent New Member

    I’ve been growing for 8+ years and have seen ALOT of spider mite damage, but this is just nothing like it... I’m boggled
     
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    brett5cent

    brett5cent New Member

    I’m thinking these things are eggs or larvae of whatever’s eating my shit. Doing another spray tomorrow. Any info is appreciated from all y’all! Thanks!
     
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    Beachwalker

    Beachwalker Well-Known Member

    Leaf Borers ?

     
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    brett5cent

    brett5cent New Member

    I don’t think so, if so I’d be seeing their trails and stuff
     
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    Beachwalker

    Beachwalker Well-Known Member

    Maybe you should reconsider? Pretty sure that's what you got going and the red stuff that you're seeing on the stems and leaf are the larvae .. btw, leaf miners leave trails, not borers
     
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    brett5cent

    brett5cent New Member

    Ok I will look further into it and yes, I think I am like 90 percent certain that what I am seeing is eggs/larvae. Thanks man
     
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    Venus55

    Venus55 Well-Known Member

    Looks like scale insect to me. Adults don’t move around much either, if at all. Have u tried to wipe them, do they come off easy? If it comes straight off most likely not scale but if they’re kinda stuck then it’s them for sure. They’re sap suckers tho not leaf eaters.
     
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    charface

    charface Well-Known Member

    Also check this out. Its from an earwig.

    They can hide under pots or almost anywhere
    I promise the scale type thing is not eating the leaf
    IMG_20180614_093453.jpg
     
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    brett5cent

    brett5cent New Member

    Interesting! That definitely looks like the damage I am seeing! And yes they wipe off easy, it’s almost like a brittle shell that cracks and crumbles...
     
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    brett5cent

    brett5cent New Member

    Just did 8 hrs of pruning yesterday, not a single earwig, moth, or caterpillar sighting.
     
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    charface

    charface Well-Known Member

    Good
     
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    Kingrow1

    Kingrow1 Well-Known Member

    The only thing that eats and holes my leaves are moth larvae and due to their life cycle they probably hide during the night and have your schedule dialled in leaving you thinking wtf is making these holes. Eventually i'll catch the fucker or fuckers but only thing i know that does this hole shit.

    A serious consideration and they can be small like so they are hard to see, my 2 cents :-)
     
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    charface

    charface Well-Known Member

    And you pruned what for 8 hours?
    If you have enough weed to prune for 8 hours, good luck finding them. Lol
     
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    brett5cent

    brett5cent New Member

    Word, I’m hoping my last spray killed whatever it was off. Hasn’t seemed to have gotten any worse.
     
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    brett5cent

    brett5cent New Member

    Yup needle is a haystack
     
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