Scale Insect

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
Reference Entry
Scale Insects, a family of insects that feed on plants. The name refers to a secretion of waxy scales that serve as a protective covering. Scale insects attack almost any part of a plant and feed by sucking out the juices. They inhabit almost all parts of the world. Many species are serious agricultural pests. They range in size from 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) to one inch (25 mm) in length.


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