It’s a true mystery to me where these mealy bugs came from. I know that when I lecture on house plants I explain that mealy bug eggs can live for at least 2 years in the soil.
But this isn’t a new plant. It hasn’t been re-potted in over 2 years. And so far, thank goodness, nothing nearby has mealy bugs.
So the appearance of these (which are admittedly a little hard to see in my photo after I blasted them with a spray of insecticidal soap. There were some many in so many stages that I was not taking any chances!) is just a mystery.
I guess I will just keep carefully watching the plants around where this one was and hope there’s no other “mysteries ” lurking in my house!