I harvested chamomile to dry and as I was pulling the flower heads off I began to notice the flowers are hiding these tiny black bugs. They remind me of aphids...is that what they are? Anybody know?

Best pic would f them on the rim of my dehydrator.


  • chimboodle04
    chimboodle04 Posts: 286 ✭✭✭

    If not an aphid, possibly a flea beetle? Hard to tell - but flea beetles will jump.

  • herbantherapy
    herbantherapy Posts: 453 ✭✭✭✭

    @chimboodle04 that’s what I was reading that the flea beetle will jump but these guys will just hang out no matter how they are handled. Moving the herbs doesn’t bother them. They will crawl on me if I pick one up.

    I decided to just harvest all the chamomile as carefully pick the aphids off the blossoms. The herbs surrounding the chamomile patch have no sign of any bugs so far.

  • VickiP
    VickiP Posts: 586 ✭✭✭✭

    I found very few references to pests on Chamomile I can't really tell from the photo, but think you are right, aphids seem most likely.