minute yellow bugs on Clematis flowers

Asked May 26, 2019, 3:43 PM EDT

Please see picture below: what looks like yellow specs or pollen are actually moving insects of some sort. Can you please identify them and let me know what I should do about them? Thanks so much.

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

The insects you are seeing are thrips.
There are good ones (predators) and pesty ones. We can't say exactly which ones these are, but we don't see damage and so assume they are the type that eats pollen.
Either way, they are not of great concern and other bugs in the healthy landscape (little no pesticide use) help to control them so there is nothing that you need to do.

Here is our page on thrips: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/thrips-flowers