Genus Glycaspis
White Lerp Insect
White Fibrous Lerp Insect
Genus Spondyliaspis
Shell Lerp Insect
Genus Hyalinaspis
Clam Lerp Insect
Clam Fibrous Lerp Insect
Brown Clam Lerp Insect
Genus Acizzia
Wattle Plant Lice
Other Psyllids


Cochineal Insects - Family Dactylopiidae

Prickly Pear Cochineal
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Dactylopius opuntiae
In mid summer one of the Hibiscus plants in our backyard was heavily infected by the pink soft body insects, as the above pictures. We noticed that there were already the Mealybug Ladybird beetles feeding on them. Then we expected the scale insect infection problem will be fixed very soon. Yes, few weeks later, the scale insects were down to unnoticeable level. 

1. A field guide to insects in Australia - By Paul Zborowski and Ross Storey, Reed New Holland, 1996, p86.
2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p174.

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