specks of insects seemingly feeding on cycas curanii
i have these jet black insects, which are slightly larger than the common red spider mites, and congregate less. (what are these? any idea)
they appeared to be tearing through the cycad outer covering unnoticed until i discovered them.
i easily peeled off the part that was infected and and sprayed it with a weak solution of malathione, one of the over-the-counter pesticides available here.
the whole image (foreground) of the plant.