Submitted to: Florida Entomologist
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/31/2005
Publication Date: 12/20/2005
Citation: Miller, D.R. 2005. Selected Scale Insect Groups (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) in the Southern Region of the United States. Florida Entomologist. 88:482-501.
Interpretive Summary: Scale insects cause billions of dollars in damage to agricultural crops or control costs each year and are serious threats as invasive species in the United States and elsewhere. This work provides identfication tools for the scale insects that occur in the southern region of the United States including species of armored scales, felt scales, mealybugs, and ensign scales. The publication will be particularly useful for personnel working in the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey, a program established to provide early detection of invasive species in the United States, and in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for detection at ports-of-entry.
Technical Abstract: This publication is part of the proceedings of a short course on the “Homoptera” held in Gainesville, Florida in December 2004. Included information encompasses general discussions on the Conchaspididae, Diaspididae, Eriococcidae, Ortheziidae, Pseudococcidae, and Putoidae. Sections given for each family Pseuinclude: Introduction, field appearance, diagnosis, life history, important references, illustration of a slide-mounted adult female, and a checklist of the species occurring in the southern region and their distribution by state. Generic keys are included for the Eriococcidae, Ortheziidae, and dococcidae.