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Sorry for all of my crazy creepy crawly posts, but this one really has us stumped!!



It looks like a Bowser shell with hairy tentacles! We're going crazy! Haha
 

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OMG call NASA. It's from Mars... Actually I have no idea. I will ask an expert I know...
 
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OK I have asked the question... woolly aphid might be correct...
 

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Apparently, I'm informed, it's a meely bug but I am not convinced
 

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Apparently, I'm informed, it's a meely bug but I am not convinced


Woolly aphid?

Have you noticed any sticky white gum on fresh green shoots, and lots of ants around?


Thanks for the input guys!! It's definitely not a mealybug as we've had those before and this is way bigger… I did some digging and found out it's an Australian Cottony Cushion Scale. An invader it seems!! Not Mars, but the great Down Under

http://natureitems.blogspot.com/2007/03/26-icerya-purchasi-aussie-sap-sucker.html?m=1
 

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I wouldn't get that carried away, they have been spread around the world for many years.

Unless you want to buy some ladybirds as a biological control then just spray them with your garden insecticide/oil of choice.
 
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