Soft wax scale - Ceroplastes destructor
Effective: August 18, 2010
Hemiptera : Coccidae
Pest Code (NAPIS):
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These Approved Methods are appropriate for:
Human and Animal Pathogens Transmitted:
Not known to transmit any human or animal pathogens.
Plant Pathogens and Organisms Vectored:
Honeydew (a liquid secretion from C. destructor) supports the growth of black sooty mold on host plants.
Morphological: Adult females are very distinct from all U.S. species. Specimens should be slide mounted for confirmation. Immatures are difficult to differentiate from similar-looking species.
Present in the U.S.: Ceroplastes cirripediformis, C. dugesii, C. floridensis, and C. sinensis. Early instars can be difficult to distinguish from one another.
Not present in the U.S.: C. ceriferus and C. sinensis.