Female cottony camellia scales are just beginning to lay eggs on the underside of leaves. They are commonly found on camellia and hollies (Fosters, Nelly Stevens, Burford, etc). In a few weeks these creeps will hatch and begin feeding on sugars produced by the leaves. They can create large amounts of honeydew, leaving a sticky mess that sooty mold prefers to grow on.
There are several effective treatments for this messy creep. Let us know if you’re seeing these little creeps, and we can get them taken care of.