random_fuzz
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Bugs with elderberry fruit, what are they?

I harvested the fruit from a couple elderberries I had planted, and am finding bugs that appear to have potentially come out of the fruit. I'm thinking they may have come because the elderberries were picked a little later than intended and were really ripe. Pictures of one:
[img]https://img171.imageshack.us/img171/5849/elderberrybug4.jpg[/img]
[img]https://img853.imageshack.us/img853/6708/elderberrybug3.jpg[/img]
[img]https://img705.imageshack.us/img705/1391/elderberrybug2.jpg[/img]
[img]https://img6.imageshack.us/img6/6941/elderberrybug.jpg[/img]

Any clue what they are and whether the fruit is salvageable or should be tossed?

JONA878
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It's probably a Sawfly Lavae.
Not worth spraying....especially so near to harvest.
I would suggest just a very good rinse and shake and then enjoy any of the extra protein left.

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JONA878
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Correction on that RF.
On reflection, Sawfly lavae as far as I know all have legs......so those are not they.
I think they are lavae of a fly though...it seems too late in the season for moth...so the same as above as far as treatment.

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