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What are these insects?

I was mowing the grass today and saw all these little insects covering what I think is some kind of elderberry plant. Does anyone know what the insects are? They are all over it. 


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384
    edited June 2021
    Aphids.  The white ones are the dead skins they cast off as they grow.  Try blasting them off with the spray from a hose.  Hopefully, ladybirds and other predators will arrive and clear them up soon, but the hosing should help remove a good proportion.
    PS: they love elderberry, particularly the black ones commonly known as 'blackfly.'
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • FireFire Posts: 18,963
    that's a bad encrustation you have there.
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