Fungus found on leaves of sunflower plant.

Sunflower    Karachi, Pakistan

This is the same sunflower plant as the one I have been posting several questions about here and gotten great response. Here's another one. The plant was sown August 15 and is one of the two that germinated as documented in my plant journal and today I noticed on the smaller plant, under the lower leaf that it had fungus on it. Maybe I am wrong so I took a photo too. I cleaned it off and it came off as cotton candy in threads.

After a little while I noticed a top level leaf on the same plant rolling up on one side and upon looking underneath it had fungus as well. Should I be concerned about this?

Posted by: Naveed (6 points) Naveed
Posted: October 5, 2014


It is wooly aphid. Much like other types of aphids, these sap-sucking insect pests are small (1/4 inch). It appear fuzzy due to the white, waxy material that covers their body.

You can spot treat where the aphids are most abundant using insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Posted by: Dr. Ravishankar Narayana (11 points) Dr. Ravishankar Narayana
Posted: September 12, 2015

It is not fungus. Looks like a plant feeding insect that has a waxy covering, that looks like 'cotton candy'

Remove them with your fingers nails or a small stick. Brush them into soapy water and they will die

Posted by: David Hughes (55 points) David Hughes
Posted: October 5, 2014

Naveed commented,
Thanks David, good to hear its nothing serious!
about 6 years ago.

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