Planococcus ficus (Signoret, 1875)

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: 516

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Planococcus ficus (Signoret, 1875)


Planococcus ficus (Signoret, 1875)  

Borg (1919) recorded this species as Dactylopius vitis Niedl. Borg (1932)   recorded it under two different names: Pseudococcus vitis (Mendel) Leon.   and P. ficus Fern   .. For P. vitis   , he stated that it was found on grape vines at Wied Qannotta, Fiddien and other non-specified locations, and for the latter name he reported it as frequent on the fruit and foliage of the common fig. The species was reported again from Malta by Mifsud & Watson (1999) and Mifsud et al. (2012).

Material examined: MALTA, Bir id-Deheb, 22.iv.1994, 2 ♀♀ on Vitis vinifera, DM   ; Bingemma, 4.xii.2003, 2 ♀♀ on V. vinifera, DM   ; Siggiewi, 28.vii.2009, 5 ♀♀ on Ceratonia siliqua, DM     .