This is a garden pest. Can anyone help me ID it?
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If these are a garden pest, does that mean you are growing bramble as a crop in your garden? Or do they spread from the bramble onto other plants?
Entomologist and biological recorder
Well, I first found it on a cultivated blackberry, as it happens, and then yesterday I noticed the same scale had infested a shrub growing next to it (Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn'). Of course the scale could have started on the Viburnum.
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)
Thanks, Chris. Good to have an ID after all this time.
I guess the other plausible option is Eulecanium tiliae? I know little about these, but it's a group I'd like to get into properly.
I really wouldn't know, but why not post this as an alternative ID.
Aye, why not? Chris knows far more about these than I ever will, but I do find that having possible confusion species pointed out can be useful.
Indeed it is, Joe. In fact we plan to capture data on what is confused with what to help people with ID in due course. This can be done from observations such as this.
Lat/Lng: 52.0, -0.7
OS grid ref: SP8936