oa African Entomology - Description of the stages of the white wax-scale, Ceroplastes destructor Newstead (Homoptera: Coccidae)
|Article Title||Description of the stages of the white wax-scale, Ceroplastes destructor Newstead (Homoptera: Coccidae)|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Stellenbosch, Matieland|
|Publication Date||Jan 1998|
|Pages||303 - 316|
|Keyword(s)||Ceroplastes destructor, Citrus, Description, Identification key, Immature stages and morphology|
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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