Dust or Bugs?

We noticed some white particles on our Saintpaulias, or African violets, and wondered what it could be — a perfect job for the Foldscope! Unfortunately…at least from the perspective of the plant we have grown from just a single leaf…it seems that there are tiny organisms colonizing the leaves of the violet. It looks like it could be a type of small aphid:


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  1. Manu Prakash says:

    What wonderful ghostly beasts @Josh. Just lovely. the proboscis is long enough; so they must be feeding on the plant. Also; the white coating reminds me of these waxy aphids which I have seen sometimes.

    Can you try to image one live – I wonder how they feed.

    Beautiful post.


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