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Excerpt from The Coccidae of California: A Descriptive List of the Different Scale Insects, Found in and Reported From CaliforniaAbout sixteen years ago the State Board of Horticulture published a list of the Coccidse (scale insects) of California,MoreExcerpt from The Coccidae of California: A Descriptive List of the Different Scale Insects, Found in and Reported From CaliforniaAbout sixteen years ago the State Board of Horticulture published a list of the Coccidse (scale insects) of California, giving some twenty-species found in the State. At that time comparatively little was known, by the residents of the State, about scale bugs or the amount of injury that could be caused by them- yet, to-day, there is no other single family of insects that is as important to the horticulturists of the world as are these minute creatures, and we can not know too much about them.As a group they are very unattractive to the average entomologist, and even more so to the average horticulturist, yet a knowledge of the species and the best known methods of combating their attacks is a very essential part of the education of every successful fruit-grower. Fruit-growing is a competitive business, and the successful grower must avail himself of every opportunity to gain knowledge that will be of assistance to him in his business- therefore, it has been deemed advisable to bring before his notice the following list of species occurring in California, with illustrations and short descriptions of the more important varieties, in order to enable the grower to recognize and distinguish between the destructive species and those that are not so destructive. Since the first list was published, and especially during the last few years, there has been a very active period among the growers, orchardists, nurserymen, and those having greenhouse interests, to gain a knowledge of scale insects. This activity has not been prompted by a love of the study of this particular branch of entomology, but purely as a business proposition, for these seemingly insignificant insects are capable of causing an enormous loss to the orchard, vineyard, nursery, or field in which they have gained a foothold. It must be remembered that each scale insect, after it has settled on the trunk, branch, or leaf of its particular host plant, virtually turns itself into an automatic pump and extracts the sap which is so vital to the life and growth of the tree. Usually the damage is done before the infestation is discovered, as many of our growers are absolutely without the slightest knowledge of scale insects.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.