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.
|Date||–||Aug 11, 2005|
|Time of Day||–||Midmorning|
|Temperature||–||Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)|
|Type of Behavior||–||Feeding|
|Main Article||–||Honey Bee||Observation Location|