Cottony Cushion Scale Parasite - Cryptochetum iceryae |

Dominguez Gap Wetlands
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Cottony Cushion Scale Parasite (Cryptochetum iceryae)

Arthropoda > Insecta > Diptera > Acalyptratae > Cryptochaetidae

Native to Australia and intentionally introduced into California in the 1880s alongside the Vedalia Beetle as a means of biological control against the Cottony Cushion Scale (Icerya purchasi). The Cottony Cushion Scale Parasite is the only member of the family Cryptochaetidae established in North America.

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