Mealybug in South Africa

Subject:  White enigma
Geographic location of the bug:  Johannesburg, South Africa
Date: 12/24/2018
Time: 11:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi WTB
Please tell me what big this is. Found on my orchid in big groups. They’re quote small and seem hairy.
How you want your letter signed:  Simone


Dear Simone,
This looks like a Mealybug to us, a common pest on houseplants as well as cultivated plants in the garden.  Mealybugs feed by sucking fluids from plants, and if infestations are in large numbers, their feeding could conceivably weaken the plant.

Thank you so much, Daniel 🙂
So interesting to finally know what they are.
Merry Christmas/ Happy holidays
You are most welcome Simone, and Happy Holidays to you as well.

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