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Hemiberlesia rapax

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Hemiberlesia rapax

Greedy Scale
Type: Insect
Binomial: Hemiberlesia rapax
Family: Diaspididae
Order: Hemiptera
Metamorphosis: Simple

Greedy Scale is a scale insect with a wide range of hosts. Its origin is uncertain, but it has become an invasive species in many parts of the world.


Small, grayish-white armored scales, generally found in large colonies.

Symptoms and SignsEdit

Severe infestations cause wilting, distortion, and the death of the host plant.


Females do not produce wings, crawlers are spread mechanically or by wind.

Host plantsEdit

Greedy scale feeds on hundreds of species, including (but not limited to) species in the following genera: