Cushion Scale (Pulvinaria floccifera)

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Cushion Scale (Pulvinaria floccifera)

Postby SteveMcBill on Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:19 am

Cushion Scale (Pulvinaria floccifera):

Went to Taylor Park, Eccleston, St. Helens yesterday afternoon on the way back from going to the shops. At the top end of the Dam was a Rhododendron hedge with many of the leaves brown and discoloured. Turning them over revealed the females and eggs of large number of the Cushion Scale Insect (Pulvinaria floccifera) - a species I had never seen before.

Seems it attacks Azaleas, Rhododendrons, CAmellias, Holly and Yew.

Sadly, I could NOT put it into RODIS as this species is currently NOT in the NBN Taxon Dictionary. A request has been made to Charles Hussey (NBN Dictionary Manager) to have it added ASAP.


Cushion Scale (Pulvinaria floccifera)
on the underside of Holly leaves

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