Body broadly oval or round; conspicuously convex in cross section in older females; body yellow with dark areas in young females, as specimens mature becoming light brown; young females with raised areas forming an "H" on dorsum, disappearing in older females; without obvious wax covering or ovisac; hemispherical body forms a cavity under female where eggs are laid. Occurring on leaves and stems.
This species was intercepted 250 times at U. S. ports-of-entry on a variety of hosts between 1995 and 2012, with specimens originating from Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Azores, Brazil, The British Virgin Islands, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Laos, Mexico, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Peru, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidada and Tobago, The U.S. Virgin Islands and Vietnam. Saissetia coffeae is quite cosmopolitan and polyphagous; therefore we are not including older quarantine records. ScaleNet includes hosts on over 100 plant families from all zoogeographic regions. No species in the genus Saissetia other than S. coffeae, S. miranda (Cockerell & Parrott), S. neglecta De Lotto, and S. oleae oleae (Olivier) have been intercepted at U. S. ports-of-entry.