I spotted these bugs circling on of my pots today, pics below. I didn't recognise them so was hoping someone could help identify these critters? I wasn't sure if they were some kind of tick, want to be cautious with kids in the garden.

bug close up bugs around pot

Thanks, Pete

  • They look like they have six legs, so not a tick. They also look like a nymph form of an insect or a true bug.
    – Jurp
    Commented Apr 13, 2020 at 20:39

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The body shape says “aphids” - amongst the circa 600 species of aphids are also some with stripes. I can’t give you the exact species, but I recommend you check the plant in the pot and those nearby, to catch any infestation early on. While a few are not a problem for health large plants, a colony can quickly grow (pun intended) into one.

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