My Desert Roses are under attack...

May 8, 2019
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Need help identifying a pest. Sorry for the long post but I just wanted to give the experts some background info. feel free to skip to the pics below or read on if you like...

I hope someone here might be able to help identify a pest that has already killed 1 of the pair of Desert Rose I got late last year. I pulled them in before it got too cold and they went dormant. I did not over water of them as I have read that they love dry soil, if anything they didn't receive enough water. So I sat them out soon as it warmed up. I live in Atlanta,Ga... we have about a 2 week Spring here... they dont call it Hotlanta for nothing.

Anyways, I noticed no new growth and 1 of them was a rescue from Home Depot. Only paid $1 for it but it was a pathetic excuse for a plant. (Probably infested already).

Since it was already dead, I opened it up and was shocked to find tons of these little worm things. I sprayed with Ortho 3-1 or 3 in 1. I saturated the dead guy. Finally seeing little buds on my healthier Desert rose but for it to be may and no leaves yet is nuts and it has a lot of dead limbs. I decided to peel back more of the dead one today, a week after I sprayed them and couldn't believe there were still a few scragglers alive and kickin.

Obviously, i will need to treat the healthy 1 again but I sure would like to know what these things are... I searched 20 websites on desert Rose's with no luck finding any pests like mine. Boy do I feel special. Lol

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Ps. After I tackle this problem, I look forward to learning how to start new desert Rose's. I love making babies... plants! (Blushing) Guess I should have stated that first. ;-)





Naughty Cactus Moderator
Oct 10, 2012
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Womenswold, Kent
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United Kingdom
Welcome to the forum :)

Not a pest I recognize but they look like fly maggots, possibly fungus gnats.

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