Photo Friday: they killed my plant (Pseudococcus longispinus)
March 30, 2012
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I’ve been trying to get rid of these stupid jerk-bugs for months.
Today, I am admitting defeat and chucking my formerly nice house plant in the trash. I figured I might as well document the little buggers before unleashing my wrath:
Long-tailed mealybugs, Pseudococcus longispinus, making a royal mess of my nice house plant. *sulk*
These are readily recognized as “long-tailed mealybugs”, Pseudococcus longispinus. There’s a simple little key to common mealybug pests of house plants here: Key to Mealybugs, which you can use if you find yourself in a similar situation. Because it’s important to know these things if you’re a big geek. Which I am.
Stupid jerk-bugs. *sulk*
These images actually provide a fun opportunity to see how far my bug photography has come in the past couple of years. Waaaaaay back in ’09 (before anybody read this blog, except for maybe Ted and my wife) I posted about another mealybug infestation (ironically, also on a plant purchased from Ikea, as this one was. Hmm. But I digress). You can see the old post and accompanying image here: “Mealybugs“.
That picture (ROFL) was one of my earliest bug photo attempts. It was taken about a month before I got my Raynox macro clip-on, and about 2 years before I got my flash. The before and after represents a little over two years of practice. I think I’m getting better?
(Also, does anybody have a good home remedy do deal with these?)