Submitted to: Cornell University Press
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/23/2003
Publication Date: 12/30/2005
Citation: Miller, D.R., Davidson, J. 2005. Economic Armored Scales insects of the United States. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. 442 p.
Interpretive Summary: Armored scale insects cause billions of dollars in damage or control costs each year primarily as invasive species. This book provides tools for the identification of the 110 pest species that occur in the United States and includes: color plates showing the appearance of each species and the damage that they cause in the field; original line drawings of each species as viewed through the compound microscope; definitive descriptions of each species; and information on the biology, host plants, distribution, economic importance, and important publications on each species. This book will be useful to arborists, nurserymen, ornamentals specialists, IPM workers, extension entomologists, plant quarantine inspectors at U.S. ports-of-entry, state nursery inspectors, state and federal identifiers, homeowners, scale systematists, greenhouse growers, farmers, forest entomologists, and many others.
Technical Abstract: This work provides information on the 110 economic armored scale insects in the United States. For each species there is: a color plate showing field features; line drawings depicting microscopic features; detailed technical descriptions; and information on hosts, distribution, life history, and economic importance. Introductory materials include field and microscopic identification keys, general discussions of biological control, pest management, morphology, life history, and economic importance.