scale insect

noun

Definition of scale insect

: any of numerous small prolific homopterous insects (superfamily Coccoidea) that have winged males, wingless scale-covered females attached to the host plant, and young that suck the juices of plants and some of which are serious pests

Examples of scale insect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But our findings indicate that overall, the idea of large-scale insect declines remains an open question. Matthew D. Moran, The Conversation, "Insect apocalypse? Not so fast, at least in North America," 10 Aug. 2020 That’s sooty mold, a fungus that gets started in the sticky honeydew residue left behind by aphids and scale insects. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Down to Earth: Bagging bagworms worth the unpleasant effort," 16 Jan. 2020 The Azteca ants, in turn, are motivated to protect the scale insects from the beetles, since the former are a source of food for the ants. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Clustering pattern of Azteca ant colonies may be due to a Turing mechanism," 2 Jan. 2020 Alas, that plant is no more, having succumbed to scale insects. Boston.com Real Estate, "Winter cactuses are hard to name but easy to grow," 25 Dec. 2019 Keep an eye out for an infestation of scale insects. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Care for a Ficus Tree," 6 Feb. 2020 The keys to success: Get a good variety, give it good growing and then flowering conditions, and keep an eye out for scale insects. Boston.com Real Estate, "Winter cactuses are hard to name but easy to grow," 25 Dec. 2019 The same fungal disease that keeps scale insects under control can also target coffee rust. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Clustering pattern of Azteca ant colonies may be due to a Turing mechanism," 2 Jan. 2020 The keys to success: Get a good variety, give it good growing and then flowering conditions, and keep an eye out for scale insects. Boston.com Real Estate, "Winter cactuses are hard to name but easy to grow," 25 Dec. 2019

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1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Scale insect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scale%20insect. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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