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Aphids or what ?

I have 2 tubs of violas on my patio growing strongly until this week. Then suddenly all the plants in one of the tubs wilted and died.
As I was pulling out the dead plants I came across the usual slugs and snails, but in addition the soil was covered by thousands of what look like very tiny (1/10 mm or so) greenish aphids.
Are these indeed aphids? Is the other tub likely to suffer too.
There are a lot of aphids in my garden this year, mainly on the roses, but I've seen
nothing like this before.


  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,409
    They look like aphids to me. They seem particularly bad this year. My violas have succumbed to the same fate, though I have been neglecting to water them as well.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    Very difficult to see. Could even be thrips. Either way, both aphids and thrips love over-fed soft growing plants. Thrips can transmit viruses that can ultimately kill your plants too.
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