Lecanodiaspis africana

Lecanodiaspis africana (Newstead)

Common name: African scale insect.

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

Geographical distribution: Africa, including Egypt, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Morphology: The shield is yellow-brown with a waxy covering that bears eight transverse ridges and a longitudinal ridge in the center. Body with numerous 8-shaped pores and cribriform plates. With small, well-developed legs.

Host plants: Polyphagous, infesting many plants of the genus Acacia. In Egypt a pest of guava (Psidium guajava L.).

Life history: In Israel this species is biparental, developing a single annual generation, whereas in Egypt it has two. Females occur on the twigs of host plants.

Economic damage: Infestations of guava cause defoliation, less blossoming, drop or production of smaller, dryer fruits

Biological control: Several natural enemies attack the pest in Egypt. The most important parasitoid is Scutellista caerulea, which parasitized about 50% of the scale population on guava; two Coccinellidae also prey on the pest.


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