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Cottony Cushion Scales I took a close up of these Icerya purchasi on a rather weak rosemary bush in a garden near Margate.   Geotagged,Icerya purchasi,Kent,Margate,Summer,United Kingdom Click/tap to enlarge Country intro

Cottony Cushion Scales

I took a close up of these Icerya purchasi on a rather weak rosemary bush in a garden near Margate.

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  1. Are you sure about the ID? They look like scale insects to me - Cottony Cushion Scales (Icerya purchasi) if you have that species in the UK. Definitely Icerya sp., I would think, because of the fluted egg sac. Posted 10 months ago
    1. Here are a couple links that might help:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scale_insect
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icerya_purchasi
      Posted 10 months ago
      1. Thank you Christine. Not seen this before and just thought it might be raspberry beetle. The only scale insects I have noticed before have been tiny flat things!

        Posted 10 months ago
        1. You're welcome :) Posted 10 months ago

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''Icerya purchasi'' is a scale insect that feeds on more than 65 families of woody plants, most notably on ''Citrus'' and ''Pittosporum''. Originally described in 1878 from specimens collected in New Zealand as pests of kangaroo acacia, it is now found worldwide where citrus crops are grown. The cottony cushion scale originates from Australia.

Similar species: True Bugs
Species identified by englishindiangirl
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Uploaded Nov 23, 2018. Captured Aug 16, 2018 09:54 in Field View, The Courtyard, Manston Ct Rd, Manston CT12 5EY, United Kingdom.
  • iPhone 5s
  • f/2.2
  • 1/100s
  • ISO50
  • 4.15mm