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Species Eriococcus lagerstroemiae - Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

Nymph of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale (Eriococcus lagerstroemiae) - Eriococcus lagerstroemiae Male pupae of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale (Eriococcus lagerstroemiae) within ovisac - Eriococcus lagerstroemiae - male Male Prepupae and Male Pupae of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale (Eriococcus lagerstroemiae)  - Eriococcus lagerstroemiae - male Male of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale (Eriococcus lagerstroemiae) - Eriococcus lagerstroemiae - male Female of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale (Eriococcus lagerstroemiae) - Eriococcus lagerstroemiae - female Female of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale (Eriococcus lagerstroemiae) - Eriococcus lagerstroemiae - female
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)
Genus Eriococcus
Species lagerstroemiae (Crape Myrtle Bark Scale)
Range
Southern states. It keeps spreading.
Food
The introduced ornamental plant, crape myrtle
Life Cycle
The female lays eggs from May to September and then dies. First instar nymphs have legs and are mobile. There may be 2 to 3 generations a year
Remarks
Introduced from Asia. Found in Texas in 2004. It keeps spreading through southern states. It has become a serious pest of crape myrtle.
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