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Species Fiorinia theae - Tea Scale

Wooly scale-like insects upon Camellia - Fiorinia theae - female
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 Diaspididae (Armored Scale Insects)
Genus Fiorinia
Species theae (Tea Scale)
Range
Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana. It has also spread to Texas and California
Remarks
A common pest of camellia. Indigenous to Asia, found in the US in 1908 already well established.
Several wasps native to the United States, Aphytis diaspidis and two species of Aspidiotiphagus parasitize this non-native species
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