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Subject: Tiny black insects on flower bud
Location: Stockton, CA
March 26, 2014 1:01 pm
It started raining recently, and I just noticed these small black bugs on a flower bud sprouting from the succulent plant on my balcony. I included a close-up and a shot from farther back for size perspective. They don’t seem to move much, and they appear to be less than 1 mm in length. They’re kinda cool looking. What are they??
Signature: Bug-Curious

Black Aphids

Black Aphids

Dear Bug-Curious,
You have Aphids and they feed by sucking the nutritious fluids from plants, so though they look cool, they are injurious to your plant.  There is a similar photo on Succulents and More.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Stockton, California

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