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Ground Pearls

Ground pearls are scale insects that suck fluids from the roots of bermudagrass, bahiagrass, St. Augustinegrass, and zoysiagrass, but prefer centipedegrass. They occur throughout Florida, but are more abundant in northern and north-central Florida. The waxy coating surrounding the insect helps it to survive almost any adverse condition, but fortunately, properly watered and otherwise well-managed lawns often do not show noticeable damage, even though they may be heavily infested with these insects.


Ground Pearls, Margarodes spp. (Insecta: Hemiptera: Margarodidae)

IN554/EENY277 by Anthony CamerinoSeptember 20, 2021The Featured Creatures collection provides in-depth profiles of insects, nematodes, arachnids and other organisms relevant to Florida. These profiles are intended for the use of interested laypersons with some knowledge of biology as well as academic audiences

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