Hemiberlesia (genus)

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Hemiberlesia rapax - female (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Henderson, R. C. & Crosby, T. K.
Source: PaDIL

Hemiberlesia Cockerell in Leonardi, 1897

This genus of armoured scales has a world-wide distribution and includes more than 30 species. These infest various woody plants, in particular fruit trees. The scales have an approximate circular or oval shape and are moderately to strongly convex. Reproduction is mainly through parthenogenesis, that is by females laying unfertilised eggs. Hemiberlesia lataniae and H. rapax are widespread and polyphagous pest species.

Type species: Hemiberlesia rapax

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