Icerya (genus)

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Icerya Signoret, 1875

This genus of scale-like insects contains around 50 species which are native in South-East Asia and Australia. Several are important pests, above all Icerya purchasi which attacks citrus and other crops and has invaded various regions.

The females are elongated, elliptical and covered with wax secretions. They are characterized by the morphology of the antennae, the legs and the abdominal spirales. The males are winged.

Type species: Icerya seychellarum


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