Scale insects on Freycinettia: Variability in the appearence of some Diaspididae
The discovery of an unusual looking scale insect (Hemiptera: Coccomorpha: Diaspididae) on leaves of Freycinetia banksii A.Cunn. (Pandanaceae) revealed that the appearance of live insects of two species on that host plant was very variable. Two polyphagous species: Anzaspis cordylinidis (Maskell, 1879) and Symeria pyriformis (Maskell, 1879) were identified from microscope slide preparations. Important diagnostic characters of A. cordylinidis are illustrated. The scale covers of A. cordylinidis may be narrow and white, or wide and transparent. S. pyriformis has brown scale covers that vary in width and intensity of brown colouration. An undescribed species of Leucaspis was also present.