I have had trouble with tiny aphids on my indoor cyclamen plants. At the same time there have also been lots of tiny gnat-like flies. At first I thought they were not connected (thinking maybe the gnats were fungus gnats or something similar), but am beginning to wonder. The gnats seem suspiciously interested in the infested leaves. They fly or run very fast and seldom stay still for long but I managed to get a picture of aphids on a leaf and a gnat apparently inspecting them. The aphids are probably not much over 1mm long - I had to use "super macro" and the optical zoom to get these pictures.
Any idea what is going on here? ID of gnat or aphid?
I should say that the gnats appeared before I noticed any aphids; but the gnats seem to spend more time on the cyclamen leaves since the aphids came. Do gnats eat aphids? Or are they attracted to honeydew? Or are they fungus gnats after all, and after the molds growing on the honeydew?
Thanks, forgot to mark this answer as correct. Looked up sciarid (the proper name for "fungus gnats"), and it seems they feed on plant roots not fungus?
My poor cyclamens are in a bit of trouble it seems! Two of the youngest seedlings seem to have died.
I don't know what your source of information is - I thought sciarids fed on fungi in the soil primarily but would turn their attention to tender plant roots if the opportunity presented itself. I'm no expert though.