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


Large Mealybugs - Family Margarodidae

This page contains pictures and information about Large Mealybugs in family Margarodidae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Margarodidae is regarded as the primitive family in superfamily Coccoidea. They are usually known as Mealy bugs or Large Mealybugs. Most Australian Margarodidae are endemic.They are sap-sucker, feed in the same way as aphids and scale insects
Large Mealybugs are, of course, relatively large in size. Females are wingless with body length from 10 to 40mm. Their bodies are flat and clearly segmented. Matured female usually covered with waxy excretions of white powdery substance. They seldom move or move very slowly although they have well developed legs. 
Males are usually smaller in size and winged. 

Bird of Paradise Flies - Violet Phoenix
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Callipappus australisbody length winged male 10mm, wingless female 40mm, 1st instars
As a member in the Mealy Bugs family, Bird of Paradise Fly is unbelievable large. Females grow up to 40mm, the largest in Soft Bug suborder. Bird of Paradise Fly is an incredible insect. It Adult males have only one pair of wings. When we first it we thought it could be a fly in order Diptera. After we saw the female and we were confused. We cannot tell even the order of this insect. More information and pictures on Bird of Paradise Fly please click this page.  
Bird of Paradise Flies - Silver Phoenix
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Callipappus farinosus, body length winged male 10mm, wingless female 40mm
After visiting our web page Bird of Paradise Fly (Violet Phoenix), Margaret sent us emails and photos, telling us that there is the similar interesting insect in Western Australia. Here we would like to thank Margaret for premising us to put the pictures and information in this web page.
Cotton Cushion Scale, Australian mealybug, Fluted scale
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Icerya purchasi, dia 6mm, matured female, young female, nymph
The pictures show the matured female cottony cushion scale. The white cottony substance is her egg sac. Males are rare and females usually reproduce without mating. Newly hatched nymphs are red with dark legs and antennae. More pictures and information can be found in this page.
Gum Cushion Scale
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Icerya sp., dia 6mm, 
This Cushion Scale look similar to the above Cotton Cushion Scale but found on Eucalyptus instead of Acacia.  
Snow Ball Large Mealy Bug
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Monophlebulus sp., length 5-20mm
The snowy white balls on stem are different in size, the largest in size is about 20mm. When we removed the white substance we saw the orange-red and blue mealy bug body. More pictures and information please find in this page.
Acacia Mealy Bug
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? Auloicerya acaciae, body length 3mm  
1. Insects of Australia - CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 459.
2. Species Auloicerya acaciae Morrison & Morrison, 1923 - Australian Biological Resources Study, Australian Faunal Directory.  
Unknown Large Mealybug 1
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? sp., body length 10mm  
Unknown Large Mealybug 2
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? sp., body length 10mm  
Unknown Large Mealybug 3
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? sp., body length 10mm  
Unknown Large Mealybug 4
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? sp., 15mm dia.
We found this pink thing on a burnt tree trunk in Karawatha Forest during later summer Feb 2008. Its body was soft. Turned it over we saw three pairs of leg so it should be an insect. We believed it is in the bug order Hemiptera but do not known which family. Please email us if you know anything about this bug.
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Unknown Large Mealybug 5
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? sp., body length 10mm  

1. Insects of Australia - CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 459.
2. Family MARGARODIDAE - Australian Biological Resources Study, Australian Faunal Directory. 
3. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p173. 

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