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scale insect (with honeydew)


Unidentified white scale insects producing honeydew, a sugar-rich sticky liquid, secreted by aphids and some scale insects as they feed on plant sap. When their mouthparts penetrate the phloem of the plant, high pressure forces the sugary, liquid out of the gut's terminal opening. Scale insects are small members of the order Hemiptera, generally classified as the superfamily Coccoidea. This includes mealybugs and many others.


Spotted on the underside of lengkuas leaves (Alpinia galanga) [possibly] in a large semi-urban yard and garden, near a disturbed patch of remnant tropical forest.

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Thanks Leuba & Jason!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 8 years ago

Cool.. Just lake a look my big Scale Insect..

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

...looks like turkish delight with honeydew - nice !

Scott Frazier
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Spotted on Nov 15, 2012
Submitted on Jan 27, 2013

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