These pictures are of Honey Bees on a holly plant infested with Florida Wax Scale.

Scale is a small insect that attaches itself to a host plant to feed. After finding a suitable spot, the scale secrets a white waxy covering that make the bug immobile and nearly impervious to many forms of danger, including many insecticides.

Once securely attached to a leaf or a stem, the scale insect begins to feed on the plant’s juices. Honey Dew is secreted as a byproduct. Infected plants will often become coated in the sticky residue.

Bees and Wasps find the Honey Dew a powerful attractant, and are drawn to the infected plants.

Honey Bee - Honey Dew

Honey Bee - Honey Dew

Honey Bee - Honey Dew

Honey Bee - Honey Dew

Honey Bee - Honey Dew

Observations Details

County Denton Carrollton - East
City Carrollton
Date Aug 11, 2005
Time of Day Midmorning
Temperature Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)
Weather Partly Cloudy
Habitat Residential-Single Family
Type of Behavior Feeding
Gender Female
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Honey Bee Observation Location