A family of several hundred species in the Hemiptera, infraorder Coccomorpha, superfamily Coccoidea, usually known as soft or wax scales. All species live on and feed from plants and excrete much honeydew which is colonized by dark sootymold. The females have a flat body that may become convex at maturity, and is covered by a waxy integument. The family contains important pests like Ceroplastes floridensis, Coccus hesperidum, Pulvinaria spp. and Saissetia oleae.
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