Ensign Scale, Newsteadia species (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Ortheziidae) in New Zealand

  • Nicholas A. Martin

Abstract




Have you heard of Ensign Scale insects (Ortheziidae)? Until two years ago I had no idea such strange insects existed. At the time I was looking at fungi on dead leaves and twigs, including dead leaves of New Zealand flax (Phorium tenax J. R. Forst. & G. Forst.). I found some strange mobile insects covered in white wax-like plates (Figs. 1-2). The insects appeared to be breeding on dead flax leaves, and they reminded me of scale insects but did not appear to be mealybugs or Margarodidiae.




Published
2019-10-28
How to Cite
MARTIN, Nicholas A.. Ensign Scale, Newsteadia species (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Ortheziidae) in New Zealand. The Weta, [S.l.], v. 53, n. 1, p. 7-14, oct. 2019. Available at: <http://publications.ento.org.nz/index.php/weta/article/view/184>. Date accessed: 11 nov. 2019.
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