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Male scale - male

Male scale - Male
Springfield, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
April 26, 2005
Size: <1mm
Could this be a male scale insect? I found this on an apple tree and brought it indoors to photograph. This is the smallest bug I have managed to photograph, being less than 1mm in length. I'm guessing it is a scale insect because it roughly matches the drawing on page 137 of Borror & White (1), and they are described as having a "stylelike process" at the end of the abdomen, a feature that is visible through the wings of this specimen.

For those of you who are interested, the image was taken with a handheld Nikon D70 having a 2X teleconverter, 68mm in stacked extension tubes, 105mm true macro lens and a reversed 50mm normal lens.



Yes it is!
Hello Richard,
Yes, you are right, this is a male scale insect, suborder Homoptera, family Coccoidea.
Nice picture! :-))
Gerard Pennards

The family is Diaspididae, characterized by the head and thorax without a "neck"

Male Coccoidea
Thanks for the confirmation, Gerard.

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