Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3


Western Australia, Insect pests, White wax scale

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Recent investigations in Western Australia have shown that white wax scale can be very effectively controlled by the application of white oil and of white oil-soda sprays. Wax scales derive their name from the typical waxy covering which covers the female insect. Of the two species, the white wax and the pink wax scale, which have been recorded from Western Australia, only the former has gained a permanent footing and is of interest to the citrus grower. For many years the scale was referred to as the Indian wax scale (C. ceriferus Anderson) but was later identified (O'Connor, 1933) as the African white wax scale (C. destructor Newstead).