Diaspidiotus prunorum

Diaspidiotus prunorum Laing

Taxonomic placing: Insecta, Hemimetabola, Hemiptera, Sternorrhyncha, Coccomorpha, Coccoidea, Diaspididae.

Geographical distribution: Turkey and Central Asia.

Morphology: Female shield mostly brown with paler margins, about 0.8 mm long, orange-pink; exuvium of nymph central, orange, sometimes with a surrounding whitish secretion.

Host plants: Rosaceae, such as almond, apple, apricot, peach, plum well as Tamarix sp.

Economic importance: A minor pest of plum and almond in Turkey.

Biological control: Several aphelinids, such as the ectoparasitoid Aphytis spp., and the endoparasitoid Pteroptrix sp. may attack almost 40% of the pest population.


Japoshvilli, G. and Karaca, I. 2002. Coccid (Homoptera: Coccoidea) species of Isparta Province, and their parasitoids from Turkey and Georgia. Turkish Journal of Zoology 26: 371-376

Moghaddam, M. 2013. An annotated checklist of the scale insects of Iran (Hemiptera, Sternorrhyncha, Coccoidea) with new records and distribution data. Zookeys 334: 1–92

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