Body elongate oval; dark gray; legs dark brown; body covered by white mealy wax, with 2 submedial longitudinal bare areas on dorsum; dorsalovisac absent, a few filamentous strands on venter, forming a pad; with 1 pair of conspicuous lateral wax filaments, about one half as long as body. Occurring on all parts of the plant, usually in protected areas. Usually ovoviviparous. With numerous thin crystalline rods protruding from dorsum.
Ferrisia was recently revised by Kaydan & Gullan (2012) and at least some of the recent interception records of Ferrisia species represent misidentifications of other species. This species is included because we have examined authentically determined specimens taken in quarantine from Bermuda (Malvaceae, Sedum ?); China (Adenium); Cuba (Euphorbia); Domincan Republic (Cereus, Mammillaria); Jamaica (cactus, potato, Thymus); Madagascar (Euphorbia); Mexico (Ambrosia, Chrysanthemum, Datura, Pelecyphora, Ruta, Shasta daisy); Puerto Rico (cactus); The Netherlands (Kochia). The species as currently recognized is polyphagous and is found in all but the Autralasian and Orienal zoogeographic regions, although it does occur in Hawaii. Several species of Ferrisia other than F. dasylirii (Cockerell), F. malvastra McDaniel, F. terani Williams & Granara de Willink and F. virgata have been taken at U.S. ports-of-entry including F. colombiana Kaydan & Gullan (Colombia, on cut flower); F. kondoi Kaydan & Gullan (Guyana, on Syzygium; Honduras, on Codiaeum; Mexico, on Echeveria, Gardenia, Zingiber); F. meridionalis (Argentina, on grape, grapefruit; Chile, on Hypericum; Mexico, on Euphorbia; Uruguay, on Baccharis); F. pitcairnia Kaydan & Gullan (Puerto Rico, on bromeliaceae), F. uzinuri Kaydan & Gullan (Bahamas, on Codiaeum; Dominican Republic, on Citrus; Haiti, on Phaseolus); F. williamsi Kaydan & Gullan (Bolivia, on Codiaeum; Brazil, on Spondias; Guyana, on Codiaeum; Nicaragua, on orchid).