Icerya purchasi Maskell, 1879

Mifsud, David, Mazzeo, Gaetana, Russo, Agatino & Watson, Gillian W., 2014, The scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) of the Maltese Archipelago, Zootaxa 3866 (4), pp. 499-525: 514

publication ID

http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3866.4.3

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:362D4DC7-7505-42C1-B438-9B195B48125C

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5495038

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03FC0D62-C464-FF98-A1F9-AE1DD8C3203B

treatment provided by

Felipe

scientific name

Icerya purchasi Maskell, 1879
status

 

Icerya purchasi Maskell, 1879  

First intercepted at Malta in 1907, on ornamental plants coming from Sicily. The scale was first noticed in some gardens in St. Julian’s, from where it rapidly spread to Sliema and Msida; in two to three years it was well established everywhere in Malta and Gozo ( Borg, 1919; 1922a: 86; Mifsud & Watson, 1999; Dandria, 2010). Borg (1932) recorded the species on citrus, Acacia   , Pittosporum tobira   , rose trees, Robinia pseudo-acacia   , Caesalpina sappan   and many other non-specified plants. It was also recorded by Saliba (1963) as “very common on citrus, less so on pear and mulberry”, and by Vella (1991).

Material examined: MALTA, Mosta, 13.iii.1994, 2 ♀♀ on Rosmarinus officinalis, GW     ; Mosta, 13.iii.1994, 1 ♀ on Pittosporum tobira, GW   ; Mġarr, 14.iii.1994, 1 ♀ on Pistacia lentiscus, DM     ; Marsa, Għammieri , 12.iii.1994, 1 ♀ on Artemisia vulgaris, CF   ; Qawra, 14.ii.2012, 2 ♀♀ on Pittosporum tobira, CM     ; Valletta, 13.ii.2012, 1 ♀ on P. tobira, CM   ; Bugibba, 18.ii.2012, 5 ♀♀ on Citrus sinensis, CM     ; Mdina, 19.ii.2012, 2 ♀♀ on C. sinensis, CM   ; Qawra , 19.ii.2012, 2 ♀♀ on Rosa sp.   , CM   ; Luqa, 2 ♀♀ on P. tobira, CM     . GOZO, Kercem, Dawara Valley , 16.iii.1994, 2 ♀♀ on Arisarum vulgare, DM   ; Victoria, 15.ii.2012, 2 ♀♀ on P. tobira, CM     .

CM

Chongqing Museum

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hemiptera

Family

Margarodidae

Genus

Icerya