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    Quote Originally Posted by scottychaos View Post
    oh wait..thats not actually your photo?
    you should have clarified that..
    because now we really dont know exactly what you are referring to..
    the "patches" in that photo do look like scale..
    but then you say "They never left any of those patches like in the pic"..what you mean by "patches" then? any chance you can post a photo of your actual plant?
    It might not be scale at all..

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    I meant those little gray, round blobs in that pic. I think I have something similar to the little white buggy things...

    The infected plant after cleaning last night, just one on the leaf this morning...


    The pitcher of another plant with a few on it...


    And the leaf of a third plant with just a few...

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    Here is a good test for scale:
    in addition to the "mystery bugs" are you also finding patches of a sticky goo? like a resin?
    if yes, its scale..if no, it probably isnt scale.

    Since you are planning to treat with an insecticide, the exact bug might not be terribly important, since the insecticide will probably kill it no matter what it is..

    But still, its always better to find out exactly what the enemy is, if you can..
    because more knowledge = better odds of success with treatment..different bugs are best treated different ways..

    Scot

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottychaos View Post
    Here is a good test for scale:
    in addition to the "mystery bugs" are you also finding patches of a sticky goo? like a resin?
    if yes, its scale..if no, it probably isnt scale.

    Since you are planning to treat with an insecticide, the exact bug might not be terribly important, since the insecticide will probably kill it no matter what it is..

    But still, its always better to find out exactly what the enemy is, if you can..
    because more knowledge = better odds of success with treatment..different bugs are best treated different ways..

    Scot
    Can you tell what they are from the pics?

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    those dont even look like bugs..they look like physical marks on the leaf..
    hard water spots?

    Scot
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottychaos View Post
    those dont even look like bugs..they look like physical marks on the leaf..
    hard water spots?

    Scot
    They appear to be bugs. They wipe off pretty easily. They're three dimensional figures. They range in size from a spec of dust to that big one you see. I just picked one up on my finger and put it on the glass. It isn't moving, but it's definitely some sort of bug. Looks like a springtail, but it isn't hopping around like one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pineapple View Post
    They appear to be bugs. They wipe off pretty easily. They're three dimensional figures. They range in size from a spec of dust to that big one you see. I just picked one up on my finger and put it on the glass. It isn't moving, but it's definitely some sort of bug. Looks like a springtail, but it isn't hopping around like one.
    hmmm..interesting! I cant tell what they are from the photos then..
    could still be some species of scale, although it doesnt look like to me..
    but scale can be quite diverse..

    can you try some more pics? looks like your camera can do fairly decent close-ups..
    try some more photos and see if you can get some good clear macros..

    Scot

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    leaflets from the live sphagnum maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottychaos View Post
    hmmm..interesting! I cant tell what they are from the photos then..
    could still be some species of scale, although it doesnt look like to me..
    but scale can be quite diverse..

    can you try some more pics? looks like your camera can do fairly decent close-ups..
    try some more photos and see if you can get some good clear macros..

    Scot
    I'm using a point and shoot. Those were the best I could get. Could they be flakes of dry sphagnum? When I rub them or move them in any way, there is no response. Maybe they aren't even living?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kulamauiman View Post
    leaflets from the live sphagnum maybe?
    Probably, as they aren't moving. Now that I think of it, they didn't appear until I added LFS to the neps...

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