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We discovered a Dwarf Buford Holly with a heavy infestation of Florida Wax Scale on its leaves and stems. These unusual looking insects are globular in shape and are covered with a heavy layer of protective wax secreted from their bodies. The wax ranges in color from white to grey. Ordinary features and body parts, such as antennae, legs, head, thorax and abdomen, are not apparent on these insects.

A Dwarf Buford Holly with a heavy infestation of Florida Wax Scale on its leaves and stems.

A heavily infested Dwarf Buford Holly stem. Note the Sooty Mold growing in the honeydew secreted by these insects on the upper portion of the stem.

Observation Details

County Denton
City Carrollton
Date August 12, 2003
Time of Day Afternoon
Temperature Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)
Weather Clear
Habitat Residential – Single Family
Type of Behavior Feeding
Gender Female
Maturity Mixed
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Florida Wax Scale Observation Location
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