Body oval; slightly convex in cross section; body yellow or light green in young females, as specimens mature becoming brown; without obvious wax covering; ovisac produced beneath and behind female, slightly convex, with ribbed appearance, white, flocculent, 2 to 3 time length of body. Occurring on leaves, stems and roots; oviposition on twigs, leaves, or roots. Eggs laid inside ovisac.
This species was intercepted 34 times on a variety of hosts at U. S. ports-of-entry between 1995 and 2012, with specimens originating from Antigua and Barbuda, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Guatemala, Hawaii, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, and Taiwan. We also have examined specimens taken in quarantine from Bermuda (Coccoloba); The British Virgin Islands (Capsicum); Colombia (Capsicum); Cuba (Capsicum); Dominica (Anthurium); Haiti (unidentified plant); Jamaica (Bryophyllum, Capsicum, Codiaeum); Mexico (Capsicum, Chenopodium, Dracaena); Panama (orchid); Puerto Rico (Capsicum, Malpigia); South Africa (on unknown host), St. Lucia (Capsicum); The Virgin Islands (Hemigraphis); West Africa (on unknown host). ScaleNet includes hosts in 33 plant families; 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 Maskell and P. urbicola 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).