Body rotund to eliptical; rounded in lateral view; body pink to pink-yellow; legs light yellow; dorsalovisac present in all instars, covering entire dorsum, very filamentous; mealy wax lightly dusted over body, lateral filaments absent. Occurring on all above ground parts of plant, often in clumps at nodes, usually in protected areas. Oviparous, eggs pink, hatch soon after being laid.
This species was intercepted 8 times at U. S. ports-of-entry between 1995 and 2012, with specimens originating from Hawaii, Monaco, Puerto Rico, and The U. S. Virgin Islands. It has been intercepted on cactus (primarily on roots) from Germany, Peru and Puerto Rico. We also have examined specimens intercepted in quarantine from Brazil (Lobivia); Monaco (Cleistocactus); Peru (cactus); Puerto Rico (host unknown); St. Thomas (USVI) (host unknown). ScaleNet lists the species from 5 families of host plants, and distribution records include countries in the Nearctic, Neotropical and Palaearctic zoogeographic regions. Hypogeococcus pungens apparently is endemic to South America but has been collected in Europe and the Mediterranean. Several species of Hypogeococcus other than H. pungens have been taken at U. S. ports-of-entry including: H. boharti Miller (Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, and Peru, on orchids); H. gilli Miller (Costa Rica, on orchids); H. othnius Miller and McKenzie (Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Venezuela, on orchids and bromeliads); and H. spinosus Ferris (Argentina, Mexico, and Switzerland, on cactus).