The Poinsettia which has graced our kitchen since our friend Jayne gave it to us for Christmas 2009, has been invaded. For a couple of weeks now, there has been a steady 'rain' of sticky dew falling from it and tiny, sparkling droplets of honeydew have been forming on it's leaf surfaces. This distressing situation has been brought about by an infestation of Brown Soft Scale Insects (Coccus hesperidum). Seen here in a dorsal view under my PC microscope.
Another insect was seen to be harbouring either eggs or young on it's underside. They produce young both sexually and asexually. Each female is able to produce young without fertilisation from a male insect - a process known as parthenogenesis. So, there you are! Time to reach for the insecticide I think!