[NAFEX] Ants and Eggs on Cherries

Ernest Plutko ernestplutko at wiktel.com
Wed Jun 10 11:31:18 EDT 2009

Aphid eggs.  Spray with the insecticide of your choice.  

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From: quirky at videotron.ca
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: RE: [NAFEX] Ants and Eggs on Cherries
Date: Tue, 09 Jun 2009 21:30:44 -0400

>I have an ornamental cherry in my garden, a long with a carmine
>jewel, a crimson passion and a second crimson passion I just planted
>this spring. Every year my ornamental cherry just thrives and is
>covered in a beautiful display of both blossoms and then foliage.  My
>carmine jewel too has been settling in very well over the last 2
>years with lots of flowers and fruit despite only being about 3 feet
>However, this spring both the ornamental and the carmine jewel had
>hardly any blossoms. The carmine jewel has leafed out normally but
>the ornamental has very few leaves.  Many seem to be shrivelled or
>malformed. On closer inspection I found that the ornamental has a
>vast number of ants crawling on it, and on the branches,the terminal
>leaves are full of tiny eggs, some grey-bown and some green. There
>also seems to be a small hole in the trunk.
>The other cherries have a few ants also and I found some of the
>terminal leaves with the same type of eggs, but a much smaller
>I remember reading something someone had posted about ants looking
>after aphids? I am assuming that the green eggs are aphids but what
>are the brown? I get the impression this is killing the tree, and I
>love my cherry!  What do I need to do to get rid of these pests and
>save my poor trees!
>Any advice greatly appreciated!

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