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Hemispherical scale

The hemispherical scale (Saissetia hemisphoerica Targ.). - This scale is usually found in greenhouses and on house plants, such as ferns, palms and ornamental asparagus, and also out of doors in the South. It is very convex, but more oval than hemispherical, about one-eighth of an inch long, brown in color.

The partly grown young are very flat and with a notch at the hinder end. The eggs are laid during about a 3-month period in late spring, thus resulting in the appearance of young during a long time.