Pest description and damage The cottony camellia scale are flat brownish or yellowish sucking insects. Females create a distinctive oblong cottony egg sac. On hatching, the pale yellow crawlers (young scale) feed on the undersides of leaves and along veins. Foliage with scale infestations may turn yellowish or pale in color. Due to copious honeydew, leaves below become covered with a crust of black sooty mold. It is possible to have low numbers of this insect for years without an outbreak.
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