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Cotton Cushion Scale

Icerya purchasi


This "thing" (Now I now it is a Cotton Cushion Scale) was in an orange tree, e. In the last pic is the male Now with ID.


Orange trees plantation.


They told me it does´t really hurts the orange tree.

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RachaelB 8 years ago
Cotton Cushion Scale
Icerya purchasi Cotton Cushion Scale - Icerya purchasi

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LuisStevens 8 years ago

Thank you Ava and Rachel for the ID and the links. I really wanted to know what it was.

RachaelB 8 years ago

I think you might have that back to front - the white one is the female and the white stuff is her egg sack. It is native to Australia but apparently was accidentally introduced to California and became pest in citrus industry.

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Ava T-B 8 years ago

This is a scale insect. It proliferates, and is "farmed" by ants that take the "honeydew" excreted by the scale. It can kill the orange tree if not managed.

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California, USA

Spotted on Jun 2, 2012
Submitted on Jun 17, 2012

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