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Family Diaspididae - Armored Scale Insects

Euonymous Scale - Unaspis euonymi - male - female Scale-but what kind Miniature fried eggs . . . Chionaspis Scale - Chionaspis - male - female Oystershell Scales - Lepidosaphes ulmi Some kind of scale insect? Aspidiotus nerii - Aspidiotus - female gall on sweetgum - Diaspidiotus liquidambaris
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 Diaspididae (Armored Scale Insects)
Explanation of Names
Diaspididae Maskell 1878
The largest family of scale insects, with 340 spp. in >90 genera in our area and >2,700 spp. in ~420 genera worldwide(1)
Females small and soft-bodied, concealed under a scale that is usually free from the body of the insect. Scale is made of wax along with remnants of cast skins of earlier instars.
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