Body elongate oval; legs dark brown; covered by white mealy wax, with 2 submedial longitudinal bare areas on dorsum; dorsalovisac absent; with 1 pair of conspicuous lateral wax filaments, about 1/2 as long as body.
Ferrisia was recently revised by Kaydan & Gullan (2012) and at least some of the recent interceptions of Ferrisia species represent misidentifications. This species is included because we have examined authentically determined specimens taken in quarantine from Chile (garden plants); Colombia (Cucumis, Diffenbachia); Costa Rica (Alpinia, Codiaeum, Heliconia, orchid, Zingiber); Ecuador (Musa, unknown fruit); El Salvador (unknown leaf); Guatemala (Codiaeum, Hoya, Musa, Terminalia); Guyana (Annona); Honduras (Codiaeum); Panama (Eryngium, Musa, orchid); Venezuela (Annona, cotton). ScaleNet lists hosts in 30 plant families from countries in the Nearctic and Neotropical zoogeographical regions and from Hawaii. Several species of Ferrisia other than F. dasylirii , F. malvastra McDaniel, F. terani Williams & Granara de Willink and F. virgata (Cockerell) 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).