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.
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