scale insect


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

scale insect

n.
Any of various small plant-feeding insects of the superfamily Coccoidea that secrete a waxy substance covering the body and are often agricultural pests. Also called coccid.

scale insect

n
(Animals) any small homopterous insect of the family Coccidae and related families, which typically live and feed on plants and secrete a protective scale around themselves. Many species, such as the San Jose scale, are important pests

scale′ in`sect


n.
any of numerous small plant-sucking insects of the superfamily Coccoidea, the females of which are often covered by a waxy secretion resembling scales.

scale insect

Any of various small insects related to the aphids. The young suck juices from plants, and the adult females live under waxy, scale-like shells that they secrete on plant tissue. Scale insects can be very destructive to plants.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scale insect - small homopterous insect that usually lives and feeds on plants and secretes a protective waxy coveringscale insect - small homopterous insect that usually lives and feeds on plants and secretes a protective waxy covering
coccid insect - scale insects and mealybugs
soft scale - an insect active in all stages
wax insect - any of various insects that secrete a waxy substance
armored scale - insect having a firm covering of wax especially in the female
cochineal insect, Dactylopius coccus, cochineal - Mexican red scale insect that feeds on cacti; the source of a red dye
References in periodicals archive ?
Another problem can be scale insect, a brown bug that covers itself in white fluff along the stems - sucking up sap.
Adult female scale insect nymphs become immobile once they find a suitable feeding site.
Apply fatty acid-based winter washes to dormant fruit trees to control overwintering eggs of aphid, apple sucker and scale insect.
The results have important implications for the management of the scale insect on coffee plantations.
A scale insect, Rhizaspidiotus donacis, which may be released this summer, attacks the root.
The shell of the scale insect is difficult to penetrate with chemical sprays - so unless you have the time to pick off the pests, it's best to use a systemic insecticide.
The emerald ash borer is only one of the many threats to the nation's forests, which are also being attacked by the Asian longhorn beetle, gypsy moth, beech scale insect, hemlock wooley adelgid and sudden oak death fungus.
Adding nitrogen to the soil increased plant heights somewhat, but there was a "fly in the ointment"--in this case, a scale insect on the cordgrass.
It will also be used to address the coconut scale insect (CSI) infestation that has plagued coconut trees across the country.