I took my eggplant inside for the winter, and it's starting to flower again. But I've noticed a variety of insects on it. I see webs so assume that there are spiders around, I see aphids, and psyllids as well with their characteristic crystals deposited on the leaves.

This guy, about 5 mm long, is one I don't recognise. It has about 6 segments, and some fluffy hair on its tail.

What is it?


Ventral view of insect

I don't know how they survive since I sprayed heavily with pyrethrum yesterday.

  • Could it be a ladybird larva? Commented Jul 3, 2016 at 7:21

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As I don't know better, and as Aphids were a common pest on my eggplants, I'd suggest this is an aphid. The picture looks quite similar to the one in Wikipedia for Aphis pomi.

Speculating wildly, maybe the pyrethrum is not effective against this type of aphid, or maybe it has to do with where the pyrethrum was manufactured from.

My wifes formula was water infused overnight with finely cut garlic + some soap, sprayed on the leaves as a spot treatment. I do note that this was for a different type of aphid.

  • I don't think it's an aphid .. it's about 2-3x the size of any aphids I've ever seen, and it lacks the globular body. It's closer in size to a ladybird. I left it alone so far, but perhaps I need to find it again, and send it packing! But I was hoping it might be predating on the other bugs :( Commented Jul 3, 2016 at 7:12

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