What would these insects be on some raspberry canes, soft scale or lady beetle larvae?

The plant was in Sydney, the mass of insects were smothering the mature canes on a raspberry and I was thinking they were scale insects, but after turning one upside down it had 6 legs, making me think it was a mass of good guys like lady beetle larvae, but they didn’t appear to be allowing the canes to be healthy?


02 June 2021 09:39 AM

Hi Cheryl,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

They are golden mealybugs, definitely pests. To control, try spray the whole bush with 'Yates Nature's Way Citrus & Ornamental Spray (Pyrethrum Plus Oil Pest Spray)'. 
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Hope this helps and happy gardening :)

Topics: Fruit and Citrus Issues: Pests