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 Signs[edit]

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 plants[edit]

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