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Species Coccus viridis - Green Scale

Gardenia eggs - Coccus viridis
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 viridis (Green Scale)
Other Common Names
Green Coffee Scale
Explanation of Names
Coccus viridis (Green 1889)
adults 2.5-3.3 mm[Cite:185010]
pantropical, prob. of Brazilian origin; adventive in our area (FL, esp. the south; well established)[Cite:185010]
hosts: wide range of vegetable, fruit and ornamental crops; preferred host in FL: groundsel bush (Baccharis halimifolia)[Cite:185010]
Life Cycle
parthenogenetic and oviparous[Cite:185010]
pest of citrus and other plants[Cite:185010]
earliest record in our area: FL 1942[Cite:185010]
Internet References
Fact sheet (Dekle & Fasulo 2001-2009)[Cite:185010]