I recently bought a flowering plant from the supermarket, but have not been able to determine exactly what it is (it was unhelpfully labelled as "potted plant"). Its stems are thin and vine-like; its leaves are boat-shaped and about 3-4 cm long and 1-1.5 cm wide. The flowers vaguely resemble daisies, having yellow centres and purple petals which start out as white, and they grow to about 3-4 cm in diameter. The flower buds however, have a scale-like pattern which does not bear resemblance to any daisies I've seen. A picture is provided below:
Normally I would be content to not ask the plant its name, but within a few days it attracted what I assume to be pests. These are about a millimetre long, and shaped like waterdrops. The younger ones are translucent, and they turn progressively darker shades of green as they mature. They cluster mostly on the undersides of the flowers, rarely on the leaves. I assume that whatever lays them flies, as I live in a high-rise apartment. Another picture for reference:
I initially thought they were some variety of aphids, given that ants had also shown up and begun enthusiastically fondling them, so I used white oil and pyrethrin sprays. These didn't work. Neither did removing them with water and a fine brush. It should also be mentioned that these insects seem to be specific to this plant, as they only arrived when it did, and show no interest in the surrounding plants (tomatoes and basil).
If anyone could assist in identifying these, and perhaps a course of action for controlling these unidentified insects, I would be very grateful.
Postscript: I live in Singapore.