Body round; convex in cross section in older females; body yellow, orange yellow, or gray, as specimens mature becoming brown or black; all stages with raised areas forming an "H" on dorsum; with small areas of clear wax on dorsum; without an ovisac; hemispherical body forms a cavity under female where eggs are laid. Occurring on leaves and stems.
This species was intercepted 44 times on a variety of hosts at U. S. ports-of-entry between 1995 and 2012, with specimens originating from Australia, Hawaii, Honduras, India, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, The Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, and Zambia. We also have examined specimens taken in quarantine from Algeria (Citrus, Pyrus); Argentina (Citrus, Vitis); Australia (Boronia, Citrus, Correa, Gardenia, Macrozamia, Nerium, Olea); Bermuda (Bryophyllum, Cycas, Laurus, Nerium); Brazil (Cassia, Oncidium); Britian (Olearia); Canary Islands (Cycas); Chile (Citrus, Prunus, Tilia); China (Litchi), Dominican Republic (Olea); Ecuador (Dieffenbachia); El Salvador (Terminalia); France (Abutilon, Citrus, Ilex, Laurus, Myrtus, Nerium, Osteospermum, Pyrus); Greece (Citrus, Olea, Punica); Guatemala (Solanum); Italy (Aralia, Cheirostemon, Citrus, Elaeodendron, Euonymus, Fatsia, Nerium, Olea, Punica, Pyrus, Quercus, Ricinus, Silene, Vinca); Japan (Buxus, Fatsia); Madiera (Nerium); Mexico (Citrus, Nerium); Morocco (Citrus); Netherlands (Ricinus); New Zealand (Amygdalus, Citrus, Corokia, Ourisia, Prunus, Pseudopanax, Sideroxylon, Suttonia, Veronica, Vitex); Peru (Stanhopea); Portugal (Citrus, Olea, Prunus, Punica); Sicily (Citrus); South Africa (Leucospermum, Protea); Spain (Citrus, Euonymus, Olea); Tunisia (Prunus); Turkey (Ficus); Uruguay (Cycas, Nerium, Olea, Tamarix); Yugoslavia (Olea). ScaleNet includes hosts in over 75 plant families from all zoogeographic regions. Because it was divided into 3 species in 1969 and 1971, many of the older records may be erroneous and are not provided here. No species in the genus Saissetia other than S. coffeae (Walker), S. miranda (Cockerell & Parrott), S. neglecta De Lotto and S. oleae oleae have been intercepted at U. S. ports-of-entry.