Subject: Bug ID
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
November 8, 2012 2:09 am
Hi Bugman, spotted these today making a meal of a woody perennial. They were attached to the stems. It’s spring time moving towards summer here at the moment.
You should try to eradicate these Scale insects that are being tended and spread by Ants. Scale Insects are sedentary relatives of Aphids, Cicadas, True Bugs and Hoppers in the order Hemiptera. They can be easily removed by hand, but the gardener must be vigilant against reinfestation.