Don’s Expert Answers: Unknown insect ?pest

Question From:
Louise Korte in Mitchell Park , SA South Australia

Nature of problem:
Unknown insect ?pest

Type of Plant (if known):
Magnolia little gem

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
Leaf drop

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:

How often do you water the plant:
3 times a week

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
Most of the day

How long since you planted it:
5 months

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
Mushroom compost

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:

What other treatments have you given the plant:

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Other Comments:
Not sure what these things are after much googling, do you have any idea? Thanks

Hi Louise, These superficially look like Mealy Bugs, but their body shape seems more like aphids. I doubt that they are doing any harm, so ignore them. The leaf drop is almost certainly due to lack of water. Your soil may be water-repelling, so get & use some Saturaid. Don