Icerya purchasi

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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.

Description[edit]

White scales, found on woody growth.

Symptoms and Signs[edit]

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

Ecology[edit]

Originally from Australia, now present in many other regions.

Host plants[edit]

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