These wax scales were on a Gaura lindheimeri stem.
(Gaura doesn't have mcuh in the way of well recognized
common names but one variety name, whirling butterflies, is well
known and might clue you in.) The scales were only present on one
Gaura in a group of seven -- on the one plant that had been
overtaken by the shade and roots from a nearby clump of bamboo.
One of the great things about insect names is that so many of
them are entirely descriptive: These scales actually look like
blobs of wax. (Or, as Janet says and dates herself doing it, like
Notice the crawlers -- immature scales. Also pretty interesting
to look at, but still mobile and they have not yet built up a waxy
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