Scale insect, SEM

Scale insect, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Scale insect. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a scale insect (superfamily Coccoidea) on a leaf. This pest feeds on the plant's sap. It secretes a powdery wax coating that protects it against pesticides and predators. Magnification: x150 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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Keywords: animal, biological, biology, coccoidea, coloured, entomological, entomology, false-coloured, fauna, insecta, invertebrate, leaf, mealy bug, mealybug, nature, parasite, parasitic, parasitism, pest, scale insect, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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