Re: Sick Sarracenia

John Phillips (
Wed, 24 Aug 94 13:22:29 CST

In Message Wed, 24 Aug 1994 12:09:09 -0700,
Jeffrey Michael Stein <> writes:

>> found zillions of invertebrates. I took new samples into the
>> entomology dept. and had it verified as thrips.
>> To look for thrips, you'll probably need a hand-lens. Look for small
>> crawling insects about 0.5--1.0 mm long, and about .25 mm wide. They
>> are elongated crawling insects that are semi-transparent (at least
>> mine are). They suck fluids and expell droplets onto the plant. I'm
>> going to get rid of mine by swabbing the leaves with a bit of
>> alcohol, and letting them sit in shade for a few hours as the alcohol
>> dries. They apparently do not enter the roots.
>> Barry
>Do thrips have the ability to sit on water w/o breaking the surface
>tension? I have some insects that seem to love living in wet & moist
>soils. They get flushed out when I water but float around in the
>terrarium just fine. They have the ability to stay top of the water
>and actually jump several centimeters when disturbed. The have spread
>to many of my house-plants, but don't seem to cause a problem for
>anything. They can get 2-3mm long and are usually clear.
These insects are springtails and are harmless as far as your plants go.
I've seen them living on the water surface in my aquariums since I was a
child. John Phillips UCSF Health Sciences Library Rm 202 Interlibrary
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