Coccus beckii Newman, 1869
Lepidosaphes beckii also known as purple scale, mussel scale, citrus mussel scale, orange scale, comma scale and mussel purple scale is a scale insect that is a pest of Citrus trees. The small insects attach themselves to leaves, fruits and small branches and cause injury by sucking the tree's sap.
Lepidosaphes beckii was originally described under the name Coccus beckii by English entomologist Edward Newman from a fruit, that had been transported to Great Britain. Newman's original description reads as follows:
It appeared as a narrow scale about a tenth of an inch in length, slightly bent at one extremity, and always adhering so closely to the rind of the apple that it is scarcely possible to remove it entire. The females are larger than the males, and never by any chance leave the spot where they first fasten themselves: the male is winged, ...
The adult female citrus mussel scale is up to three millimetres long.
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- Aphelinidae: Aphytis chrysomphali, Aphytis diaspidis, Aphytis holoxanthus, Aphytis lepidosaphes, Aphytis mytilaspidis, Encarsia citrina, Encarsia lounsburyi, Eretmocerus corni and Pteroptrix chinensis
- Encyrtidae: Adelencyrtus inglisiae, Metaphycus flavus and Ooencyrtus sp.
- Signiphoridae: Signiphora flavopalliata and Signiphora merceti
This article incorporates public domain text from the reference
- Newman E. (1869). "Coccus beckii, a new British Hemipteron of the family Coccidae". The Entomologist 4: 217-218.
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