What are these white spots?

whtanOctober 9, 2010

Hello, I've got an indoor plant that has these white dots - are these insects/eggs, and do we have to get rid of the plant?

Thanks for any help!

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

They appear to be the skins of aphids, cast off in the molting process.

Al

    Bookmark   October 9, 2010 at 12:35PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

The don't look like aphids molts to me. But just what they are, I haven't decided yet! Aphids skins look pretty much look like what they are...you can see the legs and even the antennae...they aren't smooth like these appear to be. Also, the aphids would be present, too, in all likelihood.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2010 at 1:21PM
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whtan

Thanks for your input guys, appreciate it. Very puzzling.. can't figure it out!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2010 at 2:07PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I'm pretty sure that they are one of the scale insects in the 'crawler' stage.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2010 at 6:27AM
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nanw_4wi(4/SW WI)

(grr...I had to 'sign in', yet again!)

I would say it's Fern Scale, which does affect plants other than ferns.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2010 at 3:06PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

I give up - done with trying to identify any but the simplest, most obvious pests! I get my butt kicked by those more expert than I every time. What a perfect example of why we should be ready to eat humble pie when we operate at beyond the limits of our knowledge. ;o)

Al

    Bookmark   October 13, 2010 at 5:33PM
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