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Florida Wax Scale #4

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Florida Wax Scale #4

 
Fig. 4. Adult and early star-like immature stages.

Fig. 4. Adult and early star-like immature stages.

Wax scale females feed and develop through three immature stages (first, second and third instars) before becoming adults, producing eggs and dying. When removing individual adult female scales from leaves at certain times of the year, hundreds of eggs will pour out of their body cavities (Fig. 2). In Texas, the Florida wax scale has two fairly distinct generations per year (eggs hatching in late April through May and again in late July through August), although some eggs can hatch during other months. They overwinter predominantly as newly mature females. Male forms have not been observed in this species.  Read more about Florida wax scale and download the accompanying publication at our sister site, Landscape IPM.

 
 
 

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