teeny tiny red bugs on sunflower

Ew! I don't know where these came from or what they are. Some Web research turned up pine leaf scale, and I do have pine leaves nearby, but these tiny red bugs are all clustered around the buds of my false sunflower. There are millions of them! Does anyone know what they might be? I can post a link to a picture, if necessary.
Thanks, JD
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Sound like red spider mites to me.
http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2012.html

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