Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Soft brown scale, an example of a soft scale

Coccus hesperidum Linnaeus

Order: Hemiptera
Family: Coccidae

Size range

  • Small, usually 2–3 mm long


  • An introduced species

Life History

  • Sedentary plant–sucking insects
  • Mobile only in juvenile stages
  • Pests of garden plants and ferns

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