Woolly Vine Scale Insect - Pulvinaria vitis

Alternative names
Cottony Scale Insect

Adult females are oval, moderately convex, with transverse wrinkles, dark brown; up to 9 mm long. Ovisac forms beneath female body, which is tilted upwards; ovisac strongly convex, white, about 8 mm long.

When to see it

Usually recorded in summer.

Life History

Feeds on a wide range of woody plants. It has been recorded on Hawthorn and is an occasional pest of grapevine, peach and currants.

UK Status

This species is locally common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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