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Family Coccidae - Soft Scale Insects

Scale on Pin Oak - female Scale Insect cottony maple scale - Pulvinaria innumerabilis Possible immature scale or mealybug? - Ceroplastes Thought I'd gotten rid of these! - Ceroplastes Sedge scale cf. Pulvinaria psidii Maskell (green shield scale) - Pulvinaria - female Pulvinaria vitis - Cottony Grape Scale - on dogwood, for verification. TIA - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Sternorrhyncha (Plant-parasitic Hemipterans)
Superfamily Coccoidea (Scales and Mealybugs)
Family Coccidae (Soft Scale Insects)
Other Common Names
Soft Scales, Wax Scales, and Tortoise Scales
>1,100 spp. in 171 genera worldwide(1)
Flattened elongate oval with a hard smooth exoskeleton, or covered with wax. Legs can be present or absent. Antennae can be much reduced or absent. Males can be winged or wingless.
A number of damaging species.
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