|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||True Bugs (Hemiptera)|
|Family:||Giant Scale (Monophlebidae)|
|Species:||Scale Insect (Pulvinaria cf sp ES1)|
Thank you Assoc. Prof. Lyn Cook for identifying this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Primarily brilliant white (which is the egg sack) with a brown cap (the actual insect).
Found on saltbush (Atriplex sp).
This is a tentantive id, the cf indicating "it looks like", "it might", but not definate.
Lyn said "They’re coccids with a long ovisac. Possibly Pulvinaria but the whole group needs revision."