armored scale


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ar′mored scale′


n.
any of numerous scale insects of the family Diaspididae, having a waxy covering and including important pests of various trees and shrubs, as the San Jose scale.
[1900–05]
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Noun1.armored scale - insect having a firm covering of wax especially in the female
scale insect - small homopterous insect that usually lives and feeds on plants and secretes a protective waxy covering
Aspidiotus perniciosus, San Jose scale - small east Asian insect naturalized in the United States that damages fruit trees
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Of the many agricultural and horticultural commodities inspected in the CAPS program since 2012, over 100 Hass avocado shipments were inspected and found to be infested at various levels with one or more species of armored scale.
The armored scale insects of Ohio (Homoptera: Coccoidea: Diaspididae) Bulletin of the Ohio Biological Survey 2.
Encarsia citrina, which parasitizes the three armored scale species, has the best distribution and abundance, and it was present most of the year, therefore, it could be the parasitoid with better potential in management of armored scales.
Color plates illustrate the damage armored scale insects can inflict on forest trees, fruit and nut crops, and landscape shrubs.
We have seen heavy infestations of armored scale on plants when we began thinning them, and when we came back to check for crawlers, there were none left.
Edmunds and Alstad (1978) suggested that populations of the armored scale insect Nuculaspis californica Coleman were adapted to the defensive properties of individual pine trees and comprised different demes.
Cockfield & Potter (1986) suggested that armored scale populations decrease when their host plants are water stressed.
The white mango scale is a sessile armored scale, and this group of scales includes some of the most damaging and invasive pests in world agriculture (Miller & Davidson 2005; Andersen et al.
Given its host specificity and enormous diversity, the genus Encarsia has species that represent a huge, untapped resource for biological control of armored scale and whitefly pests.
Armored scale insects (Hemiptera: Diaspididae) are major pests of orchids in cultivation because of the damage they inflict via piercing-sucking mouthparts, which results in tissue damage such as chlorosis (Johnson 2010).
This aphelinid is a cosmopolitan armored scale parasitoid that is widespread in the United States, attacking many armored scale species (Diaspididae) (Krombein et al.

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