Long-tailed Mealybug

DSCN4335_edited-2Yesterday I was digging a hole under a bushy tree for a new shade-loving plant, and I looked up and saw several pairs of furry dots meandering slowly up the tree bark.  There were at least three pair of them. Lucky they move at about the pace of a caterpillar, so I had time to run into the house & grab my little point-and-shoot camera.  Turns out these are long-tailed mealybugs.

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  1. What a very strange looking critter.

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    1. It was fascinating to watch it sort of float along the bark. I’ve never seen one before. Actually quite intriguing, and bugs usually creep me out.

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  2. So what did you do with the monster? 😉

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    1. Well, I didn’t do anything … yet. I am told by those who know that these are pests that will attack our fruit trees. I was advised to send them off to heaven. What to do, what to do?

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      1. I don’t have a problem sending pests off to their next life. There are plenty of them, but only a few of your fruit trees.

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        1. There are many more of the little white varmints than I saw the first time. I think they’re destined for a “new home”.

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          1. “Better luck next time!” I tell them before I send them off! 😉

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            1. You a very convincing, Eliza. They’re on an acacia tree, sandwiched between my pomegranate & my lime. I will go out & squish them. No chemical executions allowed.

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              1. No, no chemicals allowed! Gloves are recommended however. 😉

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  3. Interesting, an albino bug!

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    1. So it is, Sue. I hadn’t thought of that.

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