Florida Entomologist (2007) 90, 407-409

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S.J. Suh, G.S. Hodges and A.C. Hodges (2007)
Notes on the longan scale, Thysanofiorinia nephelii (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Diaspididae) in Florida
Florida Entomologist 90 (2), 407-409
Abstract: The longan scale, Thysanofiorinia nephelii, was reported for the first time in Florida in 1996 with 2 independent finds in Miami-Dade County. The scale was not found or reported during the time period of 1996-2000. Longan scale was reported 1 time in 2001, 4 times in 2002, 1 time in 2004, 4 times in 2005 and 6 times in 2006 (as of Jul 6, 2006). This scale is being seen more frequently in the field and field populations are beginning to reach high densities in some areas of Miami-Dade County (personal observation). The overall economic impact of this invasive scale insect is unknown at this time. However, increasing finds, movement on plant material for sale and increasing populations in the field may indicate that the longan scale may be an economic pest in the future for longan and lychee crops in south Florida.
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Database assignments for author(s): Gregory S. Hodges

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
new introduction of pest

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Thysanofiorinia nephelii Lychee/litchi (Litchi chinensis) U.S.A. (SE)
Thysanofiorinia nephelii Longan (Dimocarpus longan) U.S.A. (SE)