On Fri, 9 Jul 1999 15:06:29 -0400, "John Grumbine" <innocomp at nb.net>
>>Guy Bradley wrote in message <37864179.975C723A at inlink.com>...
>>Maria Luna and Mark Bornfeld wrote:
>>>>>> My holly bush is totally infested with something I cannot identify. The
>>> underside of almost every leaf has multiple white silky deposits of
>>> consistent shape and size: about 1 centimeter long, 3 millimeters wide
>>> and ½ millimeter thick. Some of the plaques have a black spot at one
>>> end. Although it has not caused a large proportion of the leaves to be
>>> damaged, some are dropping off, completely brown (I don't know if the
>>> leaf damage is related to the white stuff).
>>>>>> Any ideas as to what may be the problem and how to eradicate it?
>>>>I'm not sure and have never had this infestation on my holly, but
>>consider scale. These insects have sucking parts and are white and about
>>the size you describe. They do attach themselves to the undersides of
>>the leaves. Holly leaves are pretty tough, so these guys must be
>>>It's worth noting, if you're not familiar with scale insects, that scales
>don't look anything like you would expect insects to appear. They have no
>legs or other discernable bodyparts - they just look like a lump of
>something stuck to a leaf or branch.
>>And they jump! when you touch them.