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    Scale Insects and Mealy Bugs of India (Insecta: Homoptera: Coccoidea)
    The Scale insects and mealy bugs fall under the Superfamily Coccoidea, Order Homoptera. The name refers to their secretion of waxy scales or mealy that serves as a protective covering. They range in size from 1.5 mm to 25 mm in length. They are economically important insects, since many species attack different parts of plant and feed by sucking the plant sap. About 7,500 species of Scale insects and Mealy bugs are known at present from the world which inhabits almost all parts of the globe, in all floral habitats, from the tundra to the tropics. The Indian diversity accounts to 409 species under 166 genera spread over 14 families and 14 subfamilies (Varshney; 1992, 2002) and other scattered literature.
    Zoological Survey of India, Western Regional Centre, Pune