Purple Scale
Lepidosaphes beckii

Purple Scale, Lepidosaphes beckiiThe purple scale is one of the more serious threats to my tangelo tree. One year there was a heavy infestation.  Now the imported preditors of the imported scale are keeping holding the infestation to a tolerable level.

Purple Scale, Lepidosaphes beckii This shows a heavy infestation of purple scale on a young twig.  It can be bad enough to cause twigs to die back.

Purple Scale, Lepidosaphes beckii This is a view through a magnifying glass.  The female is larger and broader than the male purple scale.

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