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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Sternorrhyncha
Superfamily: Coccoidea
Family: Beesoniidae
Ferris, 1950 [1]
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Beesoniidae is a family of scale insects commonly known as beesoniids. They typically cause galls on their plant hosts. Members of this family mostly come from southern Asia.[2]

Host species[edit]

In the Old World, this members of this family are found on oaks in the genus Quercus and trees in the genera Shorea and Dipterocarpus in the family Dipterocarpaceae. The New World species are parasites of palms.[2]

Life cycle[edit]

Most scales in this family have four female instars and five male instars. Members of the genus Gallacoccus have only three female instars however. The females form galls which are often quite ornate. In some species the first instars seem to act as soldiers and attempt to guard the gall. Adult males appear to develop inside the female galls.[2]



  1. ^ Ferris, G.F. 1950. Report upon scale insects collected in China (Homoptera: Coccoidea). Part I. (Contribution no. 66). Microentomology 15: 1-34. [Ferris1950]
  2. ^ a b c UDSA Agricultural Research Service Archived 2013-10-04 at the Wayback Machine.