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Cotton Scale - Icerya purchasi - female

Cotton Scale - Icerya purchasi - Female
Gainesville, Florida, USA
July 17, 2004
This cotton scale was prevalent on a Powder Puff plant in the Gainesville area. The plant was likely acquired from a nursery elsewhere in Florida. I am sure this is a female and am looking for the scientific designation. Thanks in advance.

Wow, thank you very much. I h
Wow, thank you very much. I have been trying to find out what this thing was for a year. I'm glad I finaly posted this here. Thank you very much.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/141643

-Adam

Nice picture!
I have created a guide page. See info section of the page for the stories surrounding this strange-looking creature.

Icerya purchasi
Cottony cushion scale, Icerya purchasi

Here's a reference that includes the story of how this insect was introduced into Florida:

http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/fruit/cottony_cushion_scale.htm

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