Pulvinaria psidii

Pulvinaria psidii Maskell

Taxonomic placing: Insecta, Hemimetabola, Hemiptera, Sternorrhyncha, Coccoidea, Coccidae.

Common name: Guava scale; green shield scale.

Geographical distribution: East Africa, South-East Asia and Pacific islands, Hawaii, West Indian Islands and Florida, Egypt, Israel. CIE Map #59, 1994 (revised).

Host plants: As many as 250 plant species in 65 families, with a preference for plants with broad leaves.

Morphology: The body of the young female is flat, greenish, becoming darker as it begins to oviposit into a whitish ovisac, which may be quite long. The body reaches a length of 4.5 mm. The marginal setae are terminally expanded and fringed, and there are 3 spiracular setae, of which the median is the longest. The spiracles of adult females are surrounded by a sclerotized crescent, and the anal plates are triangular.

Life history: This thelytokous species completes three generations in Egypt.

Economic importance: The feeding of the pest causes two compounding types of damage on the plant: deriving the plant of nutrients and contaminating the leaves and fruit with sootymold that settles on the abundant honeydew. As a result the quantity and quality of the fruit (coffee, mango, guava) is much reduced,


Chemical control: The pest can be controlled with organophosphates.

Biological control: Several hymenopterous endoparasitoids and entomopathogenic fungi were reported to attack the pest in other regions.


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Easwaramoorthy, S. and Jayaraj, S. 1977. Control of guava scale, Pulvinaria psidii Mask., and chili aphid, Myzus persicae (Sulz.), with Cephalosporium lecanii Zimm. and insecticides. Indian Journal of Agricultural Science 43: 136-139.

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