Gardenia plant insect

Asked July 16, 2018, 7:16 PM EDT

Can you please help identify the insects on my mom's gardenia and how to get rid of them? They are at the base of the bloom. The stem turns brown and the bloom falls off before opening. Thank you.

Anoka County Minnesota insect identification gardenia horticulture

2 Responses

My guess is thrips. But the webbing has me puzzled, so perhaps there are some spider mites as well. Spider mites can be very small. Read here:
https://landscapeipm.tamu.edu/ipm-for-ornamentals/diagnosing-insect-and-mite-damage-ornamentals/

Spider mites can often be controlled with insecticidal soap. Thrips, however, are more difficult to control:
http://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/insects/managing-houseplant-pests-5-595/

Another Master Gardener has pointed out that these could be mealy bugs. The last reference I gave has treatments.