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Species Coccus hesperidum - Brown Soft 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 Coccidae (Soft Scale Insects)
Genus Coccus
Species hesperidum (Brown Soft Scale)
Size
2.5-4 mm
Identification
body flat and oval, light brown to yellowish with brown stippling
Range
Worldwide
Life Cycle
The scale gives birth to pale yellow crawlers. Males are uncommon.
3 to 5 overlapping generations a year.
Remarks
Soft brown scales secrete large amounts of honeydew and the adjoining foliage becomes heavily coated with sooty mold. On occasions young citrus trees can be killed by high populations of soft brown scale from feeding and honeydew production. Scale feeding on older trees results in reduced tree vigor, twig dieback, reduced yields, and lower fruit grades due to heavy sooty mold. Soft brown scale can be found infesting a wide range of ornamental plants.
The scale is heavily parasitized by several different species of parasitic wasps.