Bonsai common pests - Mealy bugs

in bonsai •  6 months ago

These get their name from the white powdery(mealy) wax coating they protect themselves with.

By Obsidian Soul , CC BY 3.0, Link

They look like miniature woodlice when you can see beneath this protective covering. They prefer warmer temperatures and are thus more of a threat indoors and in greenhouses.

They will initially be found in joints of leaves etc. If left too long they can form into very large colonies and just like aphids they suck sap and also secrete honeydew which attracts ants and allows sooty mold to flourish.

Wiping away with cotton swabs dipped in rubbing alcohol or methylated spirits works when there are only a couple of individuals. For large colonies insecticide can be used but must be accompanied by a wetting agent to get into their waxy protective coat.

They, just like aphids, have also been around for millennia and are found encased in amber... this one is being carried by a winged ant

Acropyga glaesaria SMFBE457B2 01.jpg
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hello @sme, The trees are all their friends from the people. And the garden is the place of life. Thank you for such a great post.

I often see it. But never seen this close

Wow.. I will try it at home and will design my name with it.

Que interesantes, muchas veces nos fijamos en lo superficial sin saber lo grande que puede llegar a ser su contenido.

In the first time i never imagine it was about ant. Different type of presentation. Good.