Hi, I just planted a feverfew plant that was given to me by a friend. It's only been in the ground for a week and today I noticed that many of the flowers had several little grey with black-dot insects crawling around on them. I looked a little bit online, but I can't figure out what they are and what I should do about them. Thank you, Julie Wolffe
Edit: Are they carpet beetles perhaps?
Multnomah County Oregon
Yes, they are carpet beetles. They are normal residents of our environment. No treatment is needed as long they remain outdoors.
These beetles need to eat pollen, a protein, so that,after they mate, they can lay eggs and continue their species.
So, the only caution for you is this: Whenever you cut flowers to take indoors, condition them in neck-deep water overnight, outdoors in a cool, shaded place.
See “Carpet Beetles” - http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7436.html.