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    Bug Bites on Nep

    Today I noticed very small, black-brown, circular bite marks on my N. Peter D'amato x Maxima. I can't get a picture right now, but if you could just throw out possibilities, I could Google Images it and confirm the diagnosis. Small, black-brown, circular bite marks are the best I can describe them. They are maybe 1mm wide, and there's probably twenty to thirty of them scattered on the UNDER SIDES of all of the leaves. The tops of the leaves look fine, it's just the bottom. It's a very healthy plant by the looks of it. The other five neps in the terrarium with it have no signs of infection.

    Any ideas? Are there any nep-safe insecticides I could spray them with?

    Temperature - 64-66F (night) 74-78F (day)
    Humidity - 80% (day) 90% (night)

    They are in a temporary terrarium until it warms up enough to move them outside to my greenhouse. I just added the nep in question a week ago, along with two others. I had three in the terrarium for a good while before with no issues. All of the neps in the terrarium are highlanders.

    Edit: These just appeared within the last day or two...

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    Scale??

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    Sounds to me like you are describing nectar glands on the underside of the leaves.

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    I'm with Paul here. Those sound like the nectar glands on the underside of the leaves.

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    I don't believe it's scale, but I'm a novice.

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    Those are nectar glands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu138 View Post
    Those are nectar glands.
    Thanks! Are they good things? What do they mean? And why don't any of my other neps have them?

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    They're normal, don't worry. Not all of mine have them either. They're very prominent on my X miranda and my X gothica though.

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