I. purchasi belongs to the scale insect family Monophlebidae, the giant scales. The genus Icerya has been poorly studied and it is possible that. Icerya purchasi (Hemiptera: Margarodidae) . How to manage pests citrus cottony cushion scale, scientific name: Icerya purchasi. Univ. Calif. IPM Pest. Icerya purchasi Maskell trials with Cryptochetum iceryae and Rodolia iceryae for improved biological control of Icerya purchasi in Israel.

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There are two generations a year in New Zealand, though most life stages may be found in most months of the year. After leaving the egg sac, the crawlers settle along the midribs and veins of the leaves.

Good control was achieved when applied alone or with 0. The larvae of one of the wasp parasitoids sometimes behaves like a predator by feeding on the eggs of the scale insect.

At the end of their abdomen they have fleshy lobes bearing tufts of long setae. Acacia; Acacia baileyana; Acalypha; Casuarina; Citrus; fruit trees; orchards; ornamental plants; pigeon peas; roses; Tamarix.

Excessive amounts of blackened leaves reduce the growth of plants. Colonization trials with Cryptochetum iceryae and Rodolia iceryae for improved biological control of Icerya purchasi in Israel.

Citrus Pests

Distribution Maps of Plant Pests, No. When the insect wishes to feed the stylets are then gradually pushed into the plant. Bythe problem on citrus had increased to such serious proportions that the entire citrus industry of California was threatened with destruction Bartlett, Adult males are uncommon and do not live long. The other, Coccidoctonus dubius Encyrtidae is a parasite of parasitic wasps.


Beneath, their bodies are bright orange-red, yellow or brown. Van Driesche RG, ed. The pest can destroy entire orchards. Watson and Malumphy, ; Malumphy, As the ovisac is produced, the purchxsi end of the body is tilted upwards, sometimes almost perpendicular to the plant surface. Icerya purchasi Maskell Males are rare, usually appearing during very hot weather. Title Cottony cushion scale.

The stylets form icerrya tubes, one down which saliva is pumped into plant cells and the second tube through which it sucks the contents of the plant cells. The purchxsi pair of stylets, form two tubes, one through which saliva is injected into the plant and a second through which plants juices are sucked up into the insect. Indian Forester, 2: Biodiversity Top of page The relatively recent establishment of I.

The pest sucks out plant sap, injects toxins and secretes much honeydewwhich is colonized by sootymold fungi.

cottony cushion scale – Icerya purchasi Maskell

Depending on the purchais, eggs hatch in a few days to two months. You may select the license of your choice. Unchecked infestations of the cottony cushion scale can have a severe impact on fruit-growing and horticultural industries, and on the endemic fauna of small islands. Cryptochetidae with the remains of a female Cottony cushion scale, Icerya purchasi Hemiptera: If you need expert professional advice, contact your local extension office.


Cottony cushion scale infestations are often attended by ants that are attracted to the sugary honeydew excreted by the scales Getu, The scale insects of the tropical South Pacific region. Icerya purchasi Hemiptera of Tuscany.

The pest also reached New Zealand and South Africa at about the same time, and has subsequently spread widely through most of the tropical and subtropical countries of the world Bartlett, The originally infested Florida trees were destroyed, but infested trees appeared again in late As with most sap-sucking insects, iceray production of honeydew leads to the growth of sooty mould.

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Fact Sheet: Cottony cushion scale | Citrus Pests

All these stages can walk around the leaves and stems of the plant on which they are born. Margarodidae as a pest of Plumbago zeylanica Linn. Throughout the tropics and sub-tropics.

The following 2 pages uses this file: Importations of the vedalia ladybird Rodolia cardinalis in by C. Compositae 10 endemic Pittosporum bracteolatum Icegya. Distribution Back to Top The cottony cushion scale is now widespread throughout the world purchassi citrus is grown Ebeling And adults are difficult to kill because of their protective scales. The males possess a single pair of dusky wings.