Cottony camellia scale

Pulvinaria floccifera 

Recognizing cottony camellia scale:
Young stages are light and pretty flat. Adult stages are long and somewhat convex shaped. From June / July on the cottony camellia scale becomes elongate and produces a straight white woolly egg mass on the leaves. This egg mass is smaller and narrower than those of the other woolly aphid species. Overwintering occurs on the leaves.

Damage cottony camellia scale: 
Cottony camellia scale causes mainly cosmetic damage. At heavy infestations a huge amount of honeydew will be produced by the scales. In this honeydew the black sooty mould fungus starts growing which causes leaves to turn black. 

lifecycle cottony camellia scale:

  • young stages are light brown
  • adult stages oblong and brown
  • from June / July the striking white egg masses become visible
  • egg mass smaller and more narrow than the ones from other woolly aphids
  • overwintering on the leaves

host plants cottony camellia scale:

  • Camellia
  • Ilex 
  • Euonymus
  • Taxus
  • Vaccinium


Exochomus quadripustulatus:

E. quadripustulatus

Coccophagus scutellaris:

C. scutellaris