Story: Kiwifruit

Greedy scale insects

Greedy scale insects

Greedy scale is a common pest of kiwifruit and its presence can stop exports. The soft-bodied female (the yellow lumps) attaches herself to the vine by her mouthparts then spins a hard, grey-brown covering over her body. Juveniles are mobile and crawl over the vine and fruit, although some may attach themselves to the plant near their mother.

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Hugh Campbell and Julia Haggerty, 'Kiwifruit - Growing kiwifruit', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17733/greedy-scale-insects (accessed 21 April 2019)

Story by Hugh Campbell and Julia Haggerty, published 24 Nov 2008