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leaf miners are particularly fond of members of the Rutaceae family e.g. Citrus, but do no real damage except disfigure a few leaves

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They could be a threat to a vegans purity... a little insect now and then is relished by the wisest men...

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They are kind of small to see the color!

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I zoomed in and looked at the orange spots with a 100x microscope - I can't post a shot because my camera couldn't focus on the lens. I couldn't see any insect bodies, but rather really fine threads. Rust? I have seen a few little orange spiders around, so that's why I was thinking this was spider mite. These orange spots weren't there 2 weeks ago.

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Oh no! Oh fuck! Ew yuck!

Wtf are these?

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A guy from the north island sent me some Peres when my stocks were low, I heard him mention later about struggling with some kind of "parasites" and thought 'fuck I hope he didn't send me any" but I guess he did.

Arrrrrrrrrrgh!

Not happy :(

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Difficult to say with the quality of those photos, but it looks like scale. Pretty easy to get under control, but I would quarantine those until you do.

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Also...

Oh no! Oh fuck! Ew yuck!

:lol:

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Yeh sorry bout the shitty photos, best I could get on my iPad. I will try get some better ones this arvo.

I hadn't thought of scale cause I thought scale was whitish, although there are probably many different varieties of scale right?

..and sometimes one exclamation of disdain is no where near enough! There was a lot more colourful language when I first spotted them. I've had it up to here with bug troubles.. and its not even December!

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Yes, many varieties of scale in many colours. Scale encompasses a large taxonomic group of insects.

I think you should share your more colourful language in future. :lol:

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Ceres....

Be carefully those things might be with you for a long, long time.

One thing you can do,

Is clean them off with a paper towel and rubbing alcohol.

These creatures, are very difficult to get rid of.

The scales end up having eggs under it,

which eventually turn into lice like crawlers that crawl at very high speeds.....

To all of your other plants.

The scale also leaves a sticky gunk on the plants.

Which can end up molding in some cases.

I would maybe even go so far as to throw these out,

Before you have the never ending task of removing scale from your plants each week.

Or, at least quarantines the ones that have scale, in a way they can't infect other plants.

There is a variety of black ladybug that does eat scale, so I have heard.

I know it is hard to toss out plants, but, it might be the best idea...if you don't want this formidable pest to spread.

It is also very likely, that you have been fed some scale insects in your food in the past.

It is used to make things red sometimes.

In fact, there is also a huge market for some scale insects,

And they are depressed that other things are eating them in South America.

Of course, we are talking about a place, that had also fought wars of islands of bird crap, but I digress.

Here, you can read about the wonders of scale insects, in depth..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochineal

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Ah fuck it! Thanks for the warning Shonman, I think I'll just incinerate the bastards and hope they haven't spread to any other plants.

Now why did I turn down that blow-torch my dad wanted to give me!? That would have been perfect.

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Or you could just use white oil.

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I'd rather outright sacrifice a few plants if that would give me a chance of interrupting the spread to the rest of my collection.

I dunno how I managed 4 years of collecting without encountering scale before now :( In fact I don't know how I've come this far with such a lazy (outa-sight-outa-mind) approach to pests.

Feeling nervous now, once I begin my holidays I think I'll do a complete overhaul and repot and debug everything

Since I'm already writing a post, here's a pic of a garden friend, a predatory wasp.

These little fellows habitate my greenhouse and feed off pests.

I found this one in my mum's hot house and managed (with great difficulty - it was very camera shy) to snap a couple of pics.

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So if you see any of these little heroes flying around your plants, welcome them to stay for as long as they like.

I did get stung by one once, but it was my own fault, and the sting wasn't anywhere near as bad as a common wasp. It just felt like a tiny little hot pin was jabbed into my leg and it stung for a wee bit, then faded quickly.

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I encountered scale......

Someone sent me a plant, and I saw the 'crawlers' hatch......millions of them........

Take those plant, far, far away and leave them in the forest to their own devices.........

It is possible other insects may eat the scale, plant might survive.....

Or , less mercifully, douse the plants n alcohol and incinerate.

Oh, sure, people will recommend various ways to kill them....

But they always seem to return, slimy little @#%¥!!!

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is that a proboscis for sucking my nutrients or is it a set of sexy lips that the other insects cannot resist to smooch when the sun goes down and the nightly insect doof occurs in my garden

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There are others who share your sexual attraction to insects.........

soon, perhaps society will not be so , um, hard...on 'bug f*kers'

Perhaps insect marriage will even be accepted....someday..........

I wish you well, and I do not judge people by their sexuality.

There is also, this guy.....he understands!

http://www.stephenprime.com/2011/03/needle-dick-the-bug-fucker/

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That bug is wacky looking cheshire! It almost looks like a mixture of an ant eater, a cat, a bat, a bear, and a cow.

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Thats a pretty good pic drifter. Its a cute but serious looking weevil of some sort.

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Just found these in a mates garden on the tomatoes.. Never seen them before...anyone know what they are?

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^^

Maybe some sort of Jewel Bug (Scutelleridae)??...or as we call 'em...fuckin' stink bugs

Crush 'em and smell.......or should I say...don't. :unsure:

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