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Little egg-like things

This is a discussion on Little egg-like things within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Kevin, after looking at the larger pictures, I think Bruce is right about the fungus ...

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    Kevin, after looking at the larger pictures, I think Bruce is right about the fungus and ischel1 is right about the scale. The brown beads look like female scale. Male scale is white, crawls and does look like mealybug.

    Try to get the females off the plant. Other than from a systemic, the scale cover protects the female from insecticide. Scales may cover viable eggs. Even eggs under dead scale will hatch a hundred or more crawlers and continue the infestation.

    The tiny crawlers are invisible to the unaided eye but they are unprotected from the insecticide. This is one reason why repeated chemical treatments are necessary for complete control.

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    I agree with the above post by Joe . Gin

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    The white stuff kinna looks like Boisduval scale, check this out, nasty stuff!
    Boisduval scale - Google Image Search

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    Yeahyeah, you just tipped me off to a So. Dakota State Univ. research paper discussing scale management written for the small to medium sized indoor orchid collection grower in northern states of the U.S., and Canada.

    Scale Insects on Orchids
    Thanks, Joe

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    yeahyeah you're right. I think it is boisduval! The white stuff that is. So i would guess there are 2 different types of scale here or one is the immature and the other the mature. Either way I think Neem oil is the way to go (IMHO)

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    A few of the egg-things look like they might be the very beginning of a yellow fungus that grows in the woods. When it is large it is unmistakable and usually seen on fallen trees or stumps, not live trees.

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