rosette lac scale
(Paratachardina decorella)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Sternorrhyncha
Superfamily: Coccoidea
Family: Kerriidae


  • Afrotachardina Chamberlin, 1923
  • Austrotachardia Chamberlin, 1923
  • Austrotachardiella Kapur 1958
  • Kerria Targioni Tozzetti, 1884
  • Metatachardia Chamberlin, 1923
  • Paratachardina Balachowsky, 1950
  • Tachardiella Cockerell, 1901
  • Tachardina Cockerell, 1901

Kerriidae is a family of scale insects, commonly known as lac insects or lac scales. Some members of the genera Metatachardia, Tachardiella, Austrotacharidia, Afrotachardina, Tachardina, and Kerria are raised for commercial purposes, though the most commonly cultivated species is Kerria lacca. These insects secrete a waxy resin that is harvested and converted commercially into lac and shellac, used in various dyes, cosmetics, food glazes, wood finishing varnishes and polishes.

Species include:

See also


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