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Cottony Cushion Scale

Icerya purchasi


The aphid was about 4mm long and the biggest one I have ever seen!


It was found on a small Leopard Tree bonsai in a garden in Toti


This is the adult stage of an aphid. The adults of this species are hermaphrodite, meaning, they are both males and females. They secrete a waxy sack and lay their eggs in it. They also secrete honeydew, and ants learned that they can trigger that honeydew secretion by touching the aphid.

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KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spotted on Feb 17, 2013
Submitted on Feb 18, 2013

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