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          Coccathera spissana Zell. is a natural enemy of Ceroplastes egbarium Ckll. in southern Africa.  The larvae are considered to be predaceous on the eggs in the chamber underneath the female host body.  A high percentage of scales examined had 1-3 emergence holes in the dorsum.  The mature larva is 4.5 mm. long, and the empty pupal case remains partly extended from the emergence hole (Bevis 1923).



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