Icerya purchasi

Icerya purchasi

Cottony Cushion Scale
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Type:Insect
Binomial:Icerya purchasi
Family:Margarodidae
Order: Hemiptera
Metamorphosis:Simple

Icerya purchasi, the cottony cushion scale) is a scale insect that feeds on several ornamental species, but is most notoriously known as a pest of Citrus crops.

DescriptionEdit

White scales, found on woody growth.

Symptoms and SignsEdit

The presence of large numbers can weaken and even kill the host plant.

EcologyEdit

Originally from Australia, now present in many other regions.

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