Caption: Green coffee scale; nymph stage (Coccus viridis). Scale insects are atypical insects found in many plant environments. Small, usually immobile, with no visible legs or antennae, they resemble individual fish scales pressed tightly against the plant on which they are feeding. Many are common and serious pests of trees, shrubs, and indoor plants. Green coffee scale is a serious agricultural pest and has been reported feeding on hundreds of different plants. It can cause serious damage to coffee and gardenia plants in Hawaii. Large colonies remove large quantities of plant fluids and can cause wilting, but they seldom kill their host. Immature and adults forms produce much honey dew that serves as a medium for the growth of sooty molds.
Magnification*: x16
Type: SEM
Copyright 2004 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Keywords: 24090A,06.01.04,agricultural pest,Gardenia leaf,insect,insects,invertebrate,invertebrates,leaf scale,nymph,scale insect,Coccus viridis,green coffee scale,SEM