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

CountyDenton
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CityCarrollton
DateAugust 12, 2003
Time of DayAfternoon
TemperatureHot (greater than 89°F/32°C)
WeatherClear
HabitatResidential – Single Family
Type of BehaviorFeeding
GenderFemale
MaturityMixed
ObserverChris Jackson