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Oct 7, 2014 10:01 AM CST
|I was looking at a large gardenia and found three of these little pillowy white round things. I didn't manage to get a clear enough photo to show that the edges actually look stitched with a strand of some fiber.|
I am guessing these are a cocoon for something, but what?
Sorry these are not that clear; I hope my verbal description helps too. Each one is smaller than my little fingernail.
Anyone know what these are?
Oct 9, 2014 5:28 AM CST
|It looks like Japanese wax scale (Ceroplastes japonicus) ..|
There's other species of Ceroplastes, C floridensis ..
You can check geographic location ..
Oct 9, 2014 5:32 AM CST
|You nailed it. Those google images (Ceroplastes japonicus) are precisely what I'm seeing there. I'll go remove those from the plant. Fortunately there were only three!|
Oct 9, 2014 5:46 AM CST
|Keep looking, some scale hide under leaves, usually when they are young and they look different. They can also come from the soil. |
If you don't watch for them you can find yourself with a bad infestation. I've had Camellia scale for years and spent a lot of time manually removing them, they can appear most of the year in milder conditions. Some scale have predators, I had a different type on a Holly tree but they got eaten by something, some ladybugs eat scale. This year I have had very few scale on Camellias, it seems something is eating them. Lacewing larvae eat some scale too.