How do you recognize brown soft scale?

Juvenile stages have oval-shaped, flat bodies and are yellow, almost translucent colored. Adult females are spherical- and oval-shaped with a dark spotted pattern on the back.

Brown soft scale damage

Brown soft scales are plant–sucking insects that cause growth deformations to the plant. The large amount of honeydew thatis secretedduring feeding formsa growth medium for fungi which may cause hampered photosynthesis.

  • Life cycle brown soft scale

    several hundred eggs per female
    egg to adult in 4-6 weeks
    males are rare
    several generations per year in greenhouses

  • Host plants brown soft scale

    common in greenhouses and horticulture
    Anthurium, Asplenium
    Gerbera, rose
    Ficus, Schefflera

  • Brown soft scale

  • The parasitoid Microterys on brown soft scale