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Whitefly Pupa???
March 29, 2010
3:1 before crop. I’m completely oblivious to what this is….
Found it on a tangerine leaf this December.
Jonathan Campos
Los Angeles, CA

Unknown Scale

Hi Jonathan,
This appears to be some species of Soft Scale Insect in the family Coccidae.  We found a photo on BugGuide of Saissetia coffeae that looks similar, but different nonetheless.  There is also something of a resemblance to the Soft Brown Scale, Coccus hesperidum, also pictured on BugGuide.  We are fairly certain your photo depicts a different, though related species.  Scale Insects can do great harm to agricultural crops and ornamental plants.  We are concerned that this might be a newly imported Citrus Pest as though the threat of the Citrus Psyllid, profiled on Featured Creatures, isn’t enough.

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