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Cottony Cushion Scale - young female

Icerya purchasi


This is a young female mealbug or fluted scale. About 6 mm long it was covered with waxy white substance and had a short waxy "skirt" whcih would become the egg case later.


Spotted on a tea-tree in a botanical garden.


Here's a spotting of an adult female with an open egg sac and emerging red runners ( as hatchlings are called).
Family: Margarodidae

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Leuba Ridgway
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Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 14, 2014
Submitted on Nov 24, 2014

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