Taxonomic position: Phylum: Arthropoda; Class; Insecta; Order: Hemiptera; Suborder: Sternorrhyncha; Superfamily: Coccoidea; Family: Pseudococcidae
Description: The female individuals are oval shaped, flattened and soft. They are three millimeters long, yellow, and covered with some waxy dust. The male individuals are small, and their color is similar to that of the females. They have two wings, and there are two long filaments at the rear end of the abdomen.
The fertilized female lays her eggs in an egg sac which looks like a cottony mass. This sac is placed on leaves, shoots, branches, trunks and fruits. The eggs are oval and light yellow.
Newly-born nymphs are very fidgety, oval-shaped, flattened and pale yellow. As they grow, a layer of dusty wax covers them. The nymphs host on the lower side of the leaves, in twigs and fruits. They leave behind some liquid sugary excrement that attracts ants.
General damage: Damage occurs because of the absorption of sap. Flower buds, as well as recently formed fruits, may fall from the plant. Indirect damage is a consequence of the formation of sooty mold on the sugary substance.
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