this year hasn’t been easy for my Japanese Maple here in SoCal. Last month got spider mites that I was able to control and has dealt with the warm weather. I’ve noticed this morning a new set of bugs around like oval shaped and white as you can notice in the pics. What kinda insect are those? Are they considered beneficial ones or should I get rid of them? I physically removed them this morning just in case.
Another point: I’ve noticed some buds opening and sprouting at this time that I found unusual for maples, maybe because weather is unusually warm here in SoCal. Wondering how I can deal with those new opening buds, should I keep them growing or deal same way as past buds (pinch them to keep track of size/shape). Is it common for maples to open some buds at this time of year?