pit scale

[ pit-skeyl ]
/ ˈpɪt ˌskeɪl /

noun

any of various small oval-shaped homopterous insects of the family Asterolecaniidae, the female members of which have their bodies embedded in a waxy mass, as in the destructive Cerococcus quercus(oak wax scale, or oak scale ), or covered with a waxy film.

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