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Family Eriococcidae - Felt Scales

European Elm Scale - Gossyparia spuria Gossyparia spuria 7.03.09 01 - Gossyparia spuria - female Cryptococcus fagisuga Cryptococcus fagisuga Female of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale (Eriococcus lagerstroemiae) - Eriococcus lagerstroemiae - female Beech Bark Scale - Cryptococcus fagisuga - Cryptococcus fagisuga Azalea bark scale male - Eriococcus azaleae - male
Classification
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 Eriococcidae (Felt Scales)
Numbers
~55 spp in our area(1), ca. 650 spp. in ~90 genera worldwide(2)
Identification
Similar to pseudococcids, but body of immature stages is bare or only slightly covered with wax.
Remarks
It seems to be a polyphyletic group.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects
Norman F. Johnson, Charles A. Triplehorn. 2004. Brooks Cole.
2.ScaleNet