Scale insects

Scale insects

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Caption: Scale insects (superfamily Coccoidea) on a tree branch. Scale insects are plant parasites that feed on sap from the host plant. They secrete a waxy coating on their exoskeleton to protect themselves from pesticides and predators.

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