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cottony-cushion scale

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noun

[mass noun]
An Australian scale insect with a large fluted cottony egg sac, infesting citrus trees. It threatened to destroy the Californian citrus industry until it was controlled by the introduction of the Australian vedalia beetle.
  • Icerya purchasi, family Margarodidae, suborder Homoptera

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