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Cottony Cushion Scale

Icerya purchasi

Description:

"The white fluted part of the insect is an egg sac that can contain up to 1000 eggs. The insect is hermaphroditic, producing sperm that can fertilize its own ova, but in an alternate reproductive strategy it can also make winged males that can fertilize the female part of other individuals."

Habitat:

Birch tree in front yard. These are found in our Citrus and Bamboo as well. "Native to Australia, has spread widely as a crop pest."

Notes:

Aka Fluted Scale, Australian Bug, Australian Mealybug

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2 Comments

I agree! Fascinating nature but oh what a pest! ;)

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 5 years ago

Really neat! If you don't think about your poor plant, it is quite beautiful!

San Diego, California, USA

Lat: 33.14, Long: -117.03

Spotted on Nov 12, 2013
Submitted on Nov 12, 2013

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