A Scale insect from Attard

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A Scale insect from Attard

Post by AlanOuten » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:45 pm

This scale insect was found by me on Ficus sp. in the President's Courtyard, Attard on 11 Aug 2013. I think that it is Ceroplastes rusci but would welcome verification of this if possible as I am not sure if there are any local species with which this might be confused.

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Post by AlanOuten » Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:39 am

My friend Chris Malumphy, here in the UK, a specialist in this group, has now confirmed my identification of this species as Ceroplastes rusci.

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Post by IL-PINE » Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:38 pm

very interesting. my mother has something similar on her Laurus nobilis shrub. Should take a photo to confirm :)

Thanks a lot Alan!

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Post by MWP admin » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:00 pm

Great - I had photographed this scale insect too and it's in my unknown folder (nicknamed as turtle-scale-Insect!)

Thanks Alan (also for the previous Scale ID)
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Post by AlanOuten » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:07 pm

I understand that David Mifsud has been working on a comprehensive paper on the scale insects of Malta for a number of years! I assume that you will know him.

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Post by MWP admin » Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:04 pm

Yes Alan, I do know him and also a bunch of other entomologists who can be or are already members, but as you see, you replied to il-pine no one else. :roll:
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