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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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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The provincial government of Basilan has been expanding its agricultural programs and promoting diversified farming to cushion the adverse effects of the "cocolisap" or coconut scale insect infestation that ravaged local coconut farms as well as the plummeting price of rubber from rubber trees in the island's plantations.
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A study of the scale insect genera Puto Signoret (Hemip tera: Sternorrhyncha: Coccoidea: Putoidae) and Ceroputo Sulc (Pseudococcidae) with a comparison to Phenacoccus Cockerell (Pseudococcidae).
Cushion scale insect is often the culprit - check the undersides of the leaves to see if there are any eggs or insects.
"Together, we can develop both sustainable and cost effective solutions for large scale insect producers and processors that cover the whole value chain," said Kees Aarts, chief executive officer of Protix.