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Two red dots per leaf

JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,766
Are these bugs? Can’t seem to scrape them off this spiraea japonica.

There are two red dots at the base of every leaf.


cheers
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,881
    Part of the plants.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,766
    Lyn said:
    Part of the plants.
    Phew

    cheers

     :) 
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,669
    Sometimes these exude a kind of nectar. This attracts ants. The ants like the nectar but don’t like to share their tree with caterpillars. The ants protect the tree from other insects.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,766
    Perhaps, but my ants were doing something horrible to the top leaf on this sproutling, placing lots of black dots on the underside it had started curling and looking moldy.
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 6,094
    Ant poo? Can ants poo upside down?
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,203
    The black dots would be aphids for them to harvest their sugary secretions.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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