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What is this?

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    Default What is this?

    Does anyone know what these black specks are? Is it dangerous to the plant and what can I do about it before it spreads or infects other plants? Is it contagious?

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    I think they are spider mites, what can I do about them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyrex View Post
    I think they are spider mites, what can I do about them?
    Really? I thought they were probably sun spots. Take a white paper towel and get it slightly damp. Wipe the underside of the leaves on this orchid. Do you get any orange or redish looking residue on the towel? If so, then you have spidermites.

    From your photo, I don't think that is what this is, but I could be wrong.

    Cheers,
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    Thanks Bruce. I've just wiped it and there's no residue, orange or any other colour. One less thing to worry about. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyrex View Post
    Thanks Bruce. I've just wiped it and there's no residue, orange or any other colour. One less thing to worry about. Thanks again.
    I am glad, Richard. I did not think that it was spidermite damage.

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    Whatever it is I have it too. I thought it was geko damage from last summer, but since you live in the frozen north I doubt that's the problem. Don't think there are too many gekos running around there.
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    Only shrivelled geckos

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    Quote Originally Posted by ischel1 View Post
    Whatever it is I have it too. I thought it was geko damage from last summer, but since you live in the frozen north I doubt that's the problem. Don't think there are too many gekos running around there.
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    Do geckos do damage to orchids? What kind of damage do they do? I've seen a large iguana eat a vanda, but I haven't seen any damage from geckos or small lizards, and there are several in my yard.

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