Body oval to elongate oval depending on host; usually convex in lateral view, but sometimes less convex in newly matured females or in specimens from different hosts; body color varies with host, often translucent yellow, sometimes with brown or red flecks; body turning brown or black with age; without an obvious wax covering; ovisac absent. Occurring on arboreal parts of plant. Males usually absent; eggs laid under body of female.
This species was intercepted 220 times on a variety of hosts at U. S. ports-of-entry between 1995 and 2012, with specimens originating from American Samoa, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote D’ Ivoire, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Hawaii, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mali, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, The Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. It is quite cosmopolitan and polyphagous; therefore older quarantine records are not presented. ScaleNet includes hosts on over 94 plant families from all zoogeographic regions in 110+ countries. No other species of Parasaissetia has been taken at a U. S. port-of-entry.