Bugs on Bugs
What may be waxy scale seems to be infested with mealy bugs. Girraween, Qld.
Technomyrmex ants tend to a family of scale insects on a leaf. Oxley Creek, Qld.
A Mess of Mealybugs
And a few baby psyllids as well. Rocklea, Qld.
tiny mealybug nymph is on the move. The legs don't seem to grow in proportion when it comes to mealybugs - they need to move once they've found their place in the world. Oxley Creek, Qld.
Mobility is not your main concern when you've got legs like these. Oxley Creek, Qld.
Snow Ball Mealybug
This rather large mealybug (15-20mm long) forages on a gum tree. Windsor, QLD.
Large mealybug has a monobrow frown. Or a monofrown. Wilston, Qld.
Large orange mealybug underbelly. Wilston, Qld.
Large orange mealybug has lost it's fluffy white covering - possibly after a moult. Wilston, Qld.
Wax Straw Bug
A technomyrmex ant shelters at the base of a wax straw dripping with honeydew. The straw is produced by a scale insect buried under the bark. Oxley Creek, QLD.
The waxy straw extrusion of a scale insect drips with honeydew. Oxley Creek, QLD.
Orange Mealy Bug on the fuzzy white stem of an emu plant. Mt Coot-tha, QLD.
A colony of mealy bugs invade a capsicum plant. Toowong, QLD.
A peeled cross-section of bark reveals a scale insect and its waxy extrusion. The wax straw ants sip honeydew from can be seen bottom left. Oxley Creek, QLD.