Body oval; relatively convex in cross section; body green in young females, as specimens mature, changing darker medially, completely brown after oviposition; with white fluffy wax covering dorsum at time of oviposition; ovisac produced beneath and behind female, slightly convex, with weakly indicated medial groove, white, flocculent, about 1 time length of body. Occurring on leaves and stems; oviposition on twigs or leaves. Males apparently rare. Eggs laid inside ovisac.
This species was intercepted 142 times on a variety of hosts at U. S. ports-of-entry between 1995 and 2012, with specimens originating from Australia, Barbados, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Egypt, France, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Hawaii, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Laos, Lebanon, Mexico, The Netherlands, Panama, The Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, and Vietnam. We also have examined specimens taken in quarantine from Antigua (Chalcas); Australia (Ixora, Litchi); Bahamas (Gardenia, Psidium); Barbados (Euonymus, Psychotria); Bermuda (Bryophyllum, Campsis, Codiaeum, Duranta, Laurus, Nerium, Pittosporum, Rhododendron, Sedum, Tecoma); Brazil (Mammea); China (Dracontomelon, Gardenia, Lansium, Litchi); Colombia (Citrus, Eugenia); Costa Rica (Anthurium, Coffea, Gardenia); Cuba (Ficus, Litchi, Psidium); Fiji (Ixora); Guatemala (Dracaena); Hong Kong (Litchi); India (Coffea, Litchi, Psidium); Indonesia (Lagerstroemia, Myristica, Thea); Jamaica (Anthurium, Bidens, Citrus, Mangifera, Myristica, Phaeomena, Punica); Japan (Gardenia, Litchi); Maldives (Annona, Psidium); Mexico (Carissa, Chenopodium, Citrus, Diospyros, Ficus, Gardenia, Litchi, Plumeria, Psidium, Rhus, Zingiber); Montserrat (Psidium); Panama (Anthurium, Tectona); Peru (Mangifera); The Philippines (Eugenia, Gardenia, Lansium, Litchi, Psidium, Vanda); Puerto Rico (Gardenia); Samoa (Cordyline); Singapore (Nephelium); Tahiti (Alpinia, Annona, Gardenia); Taiwan (Dimocarpus); Thailand (Cordyline, Dracaena, Eugenia, Nephelium); Trinidad (Anthurium, Gardenia). ScaleNet includes hosts in 60 plant families and distribution records include all zoogeographic regions. A few other species of Pulvinaria have been taken in quarantine in addition to P. floccifera (Westwood), P. hydrangeae Steinweden, P. ixorae Green,P. polygonata Cockerell, P. psidii and P. urbicola Cockerell including: P. aurantii Cockerell (Japan, on Citrus); P. citricola Kuwana (Ecuador, on Musa; Japan, on Diospyros); P. elongata Newstead (Colombia, on Oryza ); P. horii (Kuwana) (Japan, on Acer); P. neocellulosa Takahashi (India, on Murraya); and Pulvinaria vitis (Canada, on Tilia).