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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
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Key Words: Ferrisia dasylirii; Planococcus minor, rosette mealybug; coffee pests; scale insects; insect-plant interaction
Scale insects or mealy bugs leave a sticky residue on houseplants.
The latest funding is allowing us to collaborate with expert partners in Kenya to help communities better identify, target and respond to invasions of scale insects. These pests damage native trees and crops in Kenya and can cause up to 91 per cent of crop losses but often pesticides are misapplied, damaging both crop yields and the environment.
A IT is probably scale insects which, like aphids and whitefly, feed on the sugary sap of plants causing the leaves to yellow and plants to wilt.
Report of new invasive scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccoidea), Crypticerya multicicatrices Kondo and Unruh (Monophlebidae) and Maconellicoccus hirsutus (Green) (Pseudococcidae), on the islands of San Andres and Providencia, Colombia, with an updated taxonomic key to iceryine scale insects of South America.
Scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccomorpha) in coffee roots of Norte de Santander and Valle del Cauca, Colombia, and description of a new species
Scale insects (Coccomorpha) are considered among the world's major crop pests, being found in most ecosystems (Kondo et al.
This is a fungus that grows on the excretions of aphids and scale insects. You can clean it off with water, but really you want to prevent the pests that are feeding off your camellia.
* Wasp and scale insects effectively control giant reed.