Body hidden under thick wax cover similar in structure to armored scale cover except exuviae not incorporated. Cover not attached to body, often volcano shaped with ridges radiating from scale apex; round or oval in outline. Some covers without conical top, but usually with ridges. Cover of most species white or dirty white. Body of female usually white.
Conchaspidids are frequently collected on trees and woody perennials, but they also are found on orchids, euphorbias, and palms among others.
False armored scales have 4 female instars and 5 in the male. First instars settle on the host but do not produce a cover until the first molt. They usually settle on the leaves or branches of the host.