Possible scale on Euphorbia
January 2, 2010
Good afternoon,
I was doing some pruning and came across these crazy scales (?) on one of my evergreen Euphorbias. There were eggs and then the next stage appeared to be a reddish brown insect that looked similar to a roly poly but flatter. Then it develops into a scale looking insect with crazy toothpaste white stuff underneath it. It appears to leave behind a tube of scalloped toothpaste stuff. What the…?
T. Koenigsaecker
Northern California

Cottony Cushion Scale

Cottony Cushion Scale

Dear T.,
You have nailed the ID.  This sure looks like a Cottony Cushion Scale, Icerya purchasi, to us.  According to BugGuide, on this Australian native:  “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.

Scales (?)
January 3, 2010
Hello,
I sent an e-mail on January 2nd regarding scales. I was able to get some better photos and thought I would forward them along. They show the several stages described in my e-mail.
T. Koenigsaecker
Northern California

Cottony Cushion Scale

Cottony Cushion Scale

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One Response to Cottony Cushion Scale

  1. Diana Miller says:

    I live on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii!!! I have a Major Problem with
    Mealybugs, Mites, White Flys & Aphids!!! On My “Tree-Ferns” &
    “Orchids” All are Outside Plants!!! Is there anything that I can use on
    Them, that works & Last longer than ” Insecticidal Soap”???
    Mahalo For Any Answers To My Problem, Aloha Diana

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