Lepidosaphes pallidula

Lepidosaphes pallidula (Williams)

(Also known as Insulaspis palidulla (Green))

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

Common name: Maskell scale insect.

Distribution: Egypt, Iran, eastern Asia, Mauritius and Australia.

Host plants: Various crops, including eggplant (Solanum melongena L.), guava (Psidium guajava L.), mango, as well as some ornamentals.

Morphology: Shield oystershell-like, black-brown, juvenile exuvium brown, located at the narrow end, male shield shorter and narrower than female cover, similar color. Body of female white, elongate. Pygidium with 2 definite pairs of lobes, third and fourth lobes minute. The two-barred dorsal macroducts arranged in transverse rows, perivulvar pores in 5 clusters, about 25 pores all together.

Life history: Lepidosaphes pallidula has 3-4 annual generations in Egypt and occurs mostly on foliage

Economic importance: Lepidosaphes pallidula is an importance pest of guava and mango in Egypt. Its feeding results in defoliation and branch drying.


Monitoring: Examination of the leaves of susceptible hosts for the elongate, mussel-shaped, reddish-brown pest shields.

Chemical control: Products of the entomopathogenic fungi Metarhizium anisopliae Metschnikoff) Sorokinand and Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo) Vuillemin, as well as a pyrethroid, effectively controlled the pest within a few weeks.

Biological control: The aphelinid parasitoids Aphytis attack the pest in Egypt. Several Phytoseiidae developed when feeding on the eggs of I. pallidula.


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Elwan, E.A.H. 2005. Population dynamics of Maskell scale, Insulaspis pallidula (Green) (Homoptera: Diaspididae) on mango trees in Egypt. Egyptian Journal of Agricultural Research 83: 1199-1212.

Miller, D.R., Williams, D.J. and Davidson, J.A. 2006. Key to conifer-infesting species of Lepidosaphes Shimer worldwide (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Diaspididae), with descriptions of two new species and a redescription of L. pallidula (Williams). Zootaxa 1362: 23–42.

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