Photo 2. General view of pink wax scale, Ceroplastes rubens, infestation on gardenia showing the blackening of the leaves due to sooty mould fungal growth.
Photo 3. Close up of Photo 1 showing the pink wax scales, Ceroplastes rubens, and the sooty moulds on the leaves of gardenia.
Pink wax scale, red wax scale
AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Information from Pink wax scale (2012) Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government. (https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/plants/fruit-and-vegetables/a-z-list-of-horticultural-insect-pests/pink-wax-scale); and from Malumphy C, Eyre D (2011) Pink wax scale (Ceroplastes rubens). Plant Pest Fact Sheet. The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera). (http://fera.co.uk/news/resources/documents/pests-disease-ceroplastesRubens.pdf); and CABI (2016) Ceroplastes rubens (red wax scale) Crop Protection Compendium. (www.cabi.org/cpc). Photo 4 Randy Thaman, University of the South Pacific, Fiji.
Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
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