Cottony Camellia Scale - Pulvinaria floccifera

    Description

    This brown scale insect can sometimes be detected by the white wax film it produces, usually on the underside of leaves, which protects its eggs. 

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.

    Habitat

    It is a polyphagous insect with more than 80 host plant species belonging to 35 families and is considered a serious pest of fruit trees and ornamentals in many parts of the world, especially in countries with tropical and subtropical climate.

    When to see it

    Various life stages may be seen in most months of the year.

    UK Status

    True status in Britain is difficult to determine due to lack of records.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map