Friend or foe?

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Friend or foe?

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I’ve seen a few of these around the garden. They seem to appear where near minor leaf damage, and I assume they’re foe rather than friend. I generally leave them alone, or flick them away.
Despite a thorough Google, I can’t figure out what they are. Any ideas?
The last picture shows the underside of an affected leaf, with what I assume are progeny.
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Actually, the first several photos seem to be of the leaf underside. Serves me right for using the phone app, I guess?
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Yep I got ‘em as well. They like my figs too
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Looks to me like two different bugs . The ‘ underside ‘ leaf photo looks like thrips . The other image kind of looks like a type of wooly leaf hopper .
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Post by terryb »

Sno wrote: December 5th, 2021, 9:16 pm Looks to me like two different bugs . The ‘ underside ‘ leaf photo looks like thrips . The other image kind of looks like a type of wooly leaf hopper .
Agree with Sno, that these are different and the 'underside' leaf photo probably shows thrips. A zoomed in image may help with ID further.

The other image is a nymph of the green planthopper
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Much appreciated!

Unfortunately any image zoom is limited to what my phone can manage. Who knows - perhaps I've been good enough this year to score a late December upgrade.
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