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Family Ortheziidae - Ensign Scales

White Louse - Arctorthezia Maybe Orthezia Orthezia Ortheziidae on Sweet Everlasting Small fuzzy and white Small Hemipteran with White Waxy Coating Ensign Scale - female white insect with red legs
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 Ortheziidae (Ensign Scales)
Other Common Names
Ensign Coccids
Explanation of Names
Ortheziidae Amyot & Serville 1843
31 spp. in 7 genera the our area (of which 21 Orthezia), ~220 species in 24 genera worldwide(1)
Females distinctly segmented. elongate-oval. Antennae 4- to 9-segmented. Covered by hard, waxy, white plates.
On almost any part of the host, including roots • some in caves(2)
hosts include mosses, grasses, small herbaceous plants, woody shrubs and even fungi
Life Cycle
may be tended by Crematogaster ants
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