Vol. 4, Issue 2 (2019)
Morphological features of first stage larva (crawler) of Aonidiella orientalis (newstead) (Homoptera: Coccoidea: Diaspididae)
Author(s): Raj Vir Singh Ojha, Kamal Singh
Abstract: Authors have studied morphological features of scale insect first stage larva (crawler) of Aonidiella orientalis. Aonidiella orientalis belongs to subfamily Aspidiotinae, family Diaspididae, super family Coccoidea, Order Homoptera. All the insects of this family are known as armored scales. Armored scales are cosmopolitan found in tropics, subtropics and warmer portions of the temperate zones. It is an important pest of Mangifera indica, Saraca indica, Musa paradisiaca, Dalbergia sissoo, Psidium guayava, Syzygium cumini, Syzygium jambos, Annona squamosa and other economical, ornamental and horticultural plants which had been collected in Northern India from the leaves, fruits and twigs. The crawler of Aonidiella orientalis (Newstead) body oval and has a pair eyes, a pair six segmented forwardly directed antennae, a pair of each pro, meso and metathoracic legs, two pairs spiracles, pygidium with three pairs of lobes along with dorsal seta, without macro ducts, eight pairs micro ducts pores opening and dorsal anus.