Host plant range of lobate lac scale, Paratachardina lobata , in Florida

Forrest W. Howard, Robert W. Pemberton, Greg S. Hodges, Bryan Steinberg, David Mclean, Hong Liu


A list of host plant species of lobate lac scale, Paratachardina lobata (Chamberlin) (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Kerriidae), in southern Florida was compiled from the authors' observations and records of the Florida State Collection of Arthropods. This scale insect was found on 307 plant species, nearly all of which are dicotyledonous trees, shrubs, or lianas. Hosts included plant species grown for fruits and as ornamentals, several weeds, and eighty-three species native to southern Florida. In addition to tropical plants, which predominate in this region, it was found on many temperate zone plants whose ranges extend to southern Florida. Seventeen plant species were consistently highly infested at different sites, and are thus considered highly susceptible; of these, ten are plants native to Florida.


Myrica cerifera; Coccoidea; Kerriidae; scale insect pests; woody plant pests; native plant pests; ornamental plant pests; fruit tree pests

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283