Small Mealybug
Female, ventral
Ellura
Scale Insect
Juvenile
 
    
Scale Insect (Pulvinaria cf sp ES1)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Family: Giant Scale (Monophlebidae)
Species: Scale Insect (Pulvinaria cf sp ES1)
This Photo:     Hatching

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."

Copyright © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 11-Oct-2012
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.