Cottony Cushion Scale (Icerya purchasi)

Order: Homoptera (ho-MOP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Monophlebidae
Genus: Icerya
Species: purchasi

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Sherwood, Arkansas
El Dorado Hills, California
Orinda, California
Redlands, California
Reseda, California
Santa Ana, California
Winchester, California
Bonita Springs, Florida
Coeur D Alene, Idaho
Carmel, Indiana
Biloxi, Mississippi
Clackamas, Oregon
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
Dandridge, Tennessee
Dallas, Texas
Fort Davis, Texas
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Members' Notes:

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On Apr 26, 2009, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

disgusting creature- not a native to the US but virtually everywhere now.. primarily an attacker of citrus and Pittosporum, but attacks many different tropicals. Feeds on saps of woody stems and branches. This is a hemaphroditic creature, though some males exist (for what reason is unknown). This scale is mobile, though very slow-moving. Starts out looking like a miniature limpet, but eventually forms into a large (for a scale) pillowy organism about 1cm long. So soft they can't easily be moved without damaging them. They stick to branches by a sticky substance.