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what is it? - Coccus

what is it? - Coccus
Atlnta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
August 18, 2005
Size: about 6 mm long

Images of this individual: tag all
what is it? - Coccus ant checking it out - Coccus

Plant ID
= C. terniflora
The PLANTS database treats this species as Clematis terniflora, an introduced species that can be invasive, particularly in the southeast U.S. C. paniculata is another name that has been applied to this species.
… John Pearson, 1 July, 2010 - 9:19am

Moved from Hemispherical Scale.
Thanks--I'm not sure what possessed me to move a scale to species level.

I think this is probably Cocc
I think this is probably Coccus sp., not Saissetia.


Scale insect?
My initial guess would be a scale insect. Was it moving? Do you know what plant or tree you found it on? Nice image, hope we can identify it:-)

Thanks Eric
I wasn't moving. In fact it was still here in the same place on 8/22. Don't know what plant it was on. It was a low growing plant (weed) just a couple of inches off the ground. Ants seemed to be interested in it but moved on after touching it with their antenna.

If it is still there,
Then maybe you can get an image of the entire plant and submit that in case someone can identify the plant from its image and help the bug ID along.

If it is still there,
OK, I'll do that tomorrow, that is, if I can find it again.

I commented on your other shot -
the host is Clematis. It's a vine, but clearly in this case has nothing to climb. Hope that helps. I tried Clematis as host in the Scale Insect photo site (see link on your other shot) and came up with nothing, though.

Thanks Hannah
That clematis would take over the yard if I let it. I keep a little just for insects. Thanks for your help.

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