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Larvae on my Acer

Can anyone help kindly identify these little monkeys that appeared on my old pot grown Acer in our courtyard. I suspect vine weevil but a neighbour suggested ladybird larvae (which I think unlikely).
They've arrived in the last two days and I've spent the morning washing them off. Last summer, vine weevil very nearly killed a nearby olive tree which only now is showing signs of recovery. I wonder if they've jumped ship, about 2 yards away!
I've given both plants a watering of bug weevil treatment and just hope I've caught them in time.
Any advice will be very much appreciated.


  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    I think it is scale insects. It seems to be a bad year for that bug.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 81,455
    Yes that’s Cushion Scale … info and advice here


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  • Thanks a lot to you both. I'm quite relieved that it is relatively benign.
    Enjoy your summer in the garden,
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