I am trying to get rid of lots of pale green aphids on the underside of mostly new leaves on a reine Claude. Ithink they are pucerons farineuses. The edges of the new leaves are white and the insects totally cover the underside of the leaves. Standard puceron spray is having a minimal effect. To top it off I just found a leaf with an altogether different bug sitting amongst the pucerons. I would welcome any ideas on what diable it is ! And is it perhaps related to the pucerons, or eating them?
I think it could be a syrphid fly larva (hover fly) - a puceron predator.
Looks like it might be exactly that. You could always just wait until it pupates, put the pupa in a small container and wait to see what emerges.
We seem to have a lot more hover flies this year than normal. Let’s hope they are munching away and not just round our lunch table!