Common name: Giant scales.

A cosmopolitan family of scale insects in the Coccomorpha. They have large (up to one centimeter) bodies, are covered with wax and their legs and antennae are dark. The eggs are often placed in an ovisac. Some pestiferous taxa, like Icerya purchasi and Icerya seychellarum, formerly placed in the family Margarodidae, belong to the Monophlebidae.


Morales, C.F. 1991. Margarodidae (Insecta: Hemiptera). Fauna of New Zealand / Ko te Aitanga Pepeke o Aotearoa. DSIR Plant Protection, Auckland, New Zealand, pp.123.

Unruh, C.M. and Gullan, P.J. 2008. Identification guide to species in the scale insect tribe Iceryini (Coccoidea: Monophlebidae). Zootaxa 1803: 1-106.

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