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Species Ovaticoccus agavium - Felt Scale

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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 Ovaticoccus
Species agavium (Felt Scale)
Explanation of Names
Author: Douglas, 1888
Identification
Lightly dusted with white mealy wax, pink body shows through wax, with 2 longitudinal lines of brown blotches. Similar to O. californicus
Range
An invasive tropical species in the US and Europe, probably originated in Africa.
Food
Host-specific on Agave and Yucca plants
Remarks
Intercepted 13 times at U. S. ports-of-entry between 1995 and 2012, from Mexico and UK.