Aspidiotus (genus)

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Aspidiotus cryptomeriae on fir needle (scale removed to expose adult insect) (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Lorraine Graney, Bartlett Tree Experts
Source: IPM Images

Aspidiotus Bouché, 1833

This genus of scale insects is widely distributed and contains around 80 species. A number of them are important agricultural pests like the oleander scale, Aspidiotus nerii, or the coconut scale, Aspidiotus destructor. Both are polyphagous, although the former is particularly common on fruit trees like citrus and the latter on coconut palms.

Type species: Aspidiotus patavinus


Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: