scale insects

Scale insects like limpets form regimental lines along the ribs on the underside of a citrus leaf, in this case the large leathery leaf of a grapefruit. These sap sucking insects have a waxy coating which normally prevents insecticides from penetrating and killing them. The insects exude a sticky substance called honeydew, on which grows a black 'sooty mould' fungus, resulting in reduced photosynthesis and defoliation. Best dealt with by applying methylated spirit with a toothbrush - kills the scale insect and removes the fungus!
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21/57
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Buckinghamshire
Photographer:
Barrie Sheerman
scale insects
Scale insects like limpets form regimental lines along the ribs on the underside of a citrus leaf, in this case the large leathery leaf of a grapefruit. These sap sucking insects have a waxy coating which normally prevents insecticides from penetrating and killing them. The insects exude a sticky substance called honeydew, on which grows a black 'sooty mould' fungus, resulting in reduced photosynthesis and defoliation. Best dealt with by applying methylated spirit with a toothbrush - kills the scale insect and removes the fungus!
Ref:
21/57
Date:
Location:
Buckinghamshire
Photographer:
Barrie Sheerman

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