oa African Entomology - Description of the stages of the white wax-scale, Ceroplastes destructor Newstead (Homoptera: Coccidae)



The white wax-scale, Ceroplastes destructor Newstead, has recently increased in numbers and distribution in some Easy-peel (Citrus reticulata (Blanco)) orchards in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. A study was conducted to investigate its morphology and biology. Characteristics of the immature and adult females are descriptionbed and illustrated from field-collected and slide-mounted specimens. A key to the different stages is provided. The biology of C. destructor is briefly descriptionbed. Morphometric characteristics useful for separating the stages are discussed.


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