specks of insects seemingly feeding on cycas curanii

keylynSeptember 26, 2013

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.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
keylyn

I found out the culprits are the ubiquitous powderpost beetles on untreated bamboo wood.
The beetles appear to be boring through the dead leaf bases of the plant.

I did decapitate the plant leaving me with a head with its leaf bases still relatively fresh and intact and free of infestation.
And I submerged the whole thing with mixture of pesticide and water to give me a little less doubt.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 4:33AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Sago Palm out of control!
I have 3 sago palms that started as nice small plants....
kkupsh
Germinating Bismarckia nobilis in cool subtropical climate
Hi, I am on Pico island in the Azores and there is...
PicoAzores
dead?
I have a Pygmy date palm and I think I killed it. Is...
dollyday3
When to fertilize palm trees after transplanting
I have planted 5 gorgeous Canary Island palm trees...
callecovina
Bright indirect light???
Hi! I just bought a couple plants (Areca palm, sago...
Nikki321
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™