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This is a discussion on Little Critter within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; So I was replacing the standing water in which I keep my Phrag . Pearci ...
So I was replacing the standing water in which I keep my Phrag. Pearci and i discovered, first off a earwig looking creature, which I determined probably ate insects and was of no concern to me or my plants, and then a small, clear, twisting looking worm, fully submerged.
At the worst I think it may be a parasite of some kind, but don't really have any positive way to identify it.
Any ideas or experiences?
I did not sadly, but I also could not find anywhere they listed common parasites/pests with pictures with which to compare to memory.
I've read the best way to deal with the problem would be to re-pot with fresh mix, but the plant's in bloom and is blooming well and I'd hate to mess with it. :\
Here's a second critter my girlfriend found, doesn't look like the first sadly.
Fantastic picture credits go to her as well.
Just decided to use ground cinnamon to deter/murder all of the pests.
Just to clarify, although I already doused the plant and the water it's standing in with cinnamon, this isn't at all dangerous to the plant, correct?
The first could have been a Damsel or Dragonfly larvae, or some other aquatic fly larvae. We find them clinging to submerged stems in our pond in summer, and they are so cool!
And no harm to the plants really, they tend to prey on other aquatic life, if not on each other!
I think you now need to repot, like it or not. Cinnamon on a wound on a leaf or pbulb is one thing, but to dowse the water is not a good thing.