I noticed a tiny spot with weird shape on the shoot of a plant (Variegata), and there are many others on other branches. I wonder what is it, this is a cropped picture of it, Thank you! enter image description here

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This is a female of yet another scale insect (Coccoidea). We have discussed one recently.

I guess we can identify this one rather precisely as Ceroplastes sinensis or its close relative. Species of this group are of South American origin, but Ceroplastes sinensis has today an extremely broad distribution. So, if you found this plant ("Variegata" is a specific epithet, by the way: it would be of some help if you provided the generic name as well) in Europe or Asia it's likely sinensis itself.

  • $\begingroup$ thank you very much for your answer, Very instructive, I am not a botanist, I don't know the naming techniques, I just searched by leaf colors and I found Variegata as the closest plant, I think it's a Ficus benjamina 'Variegata' $\endgroup$
    – kml
    Sep 23, 2015 at 14:09

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