ALERT: New Pest — Avocado lace bug, Pseudacysta perseae

Alert: New pest – avocado lace bug, pseudacysta perseae

 

A new pest of avocado has been identified on Oahu, HawaiiPseudacysta perseae (Hemiptera: Tingidae), avocado lace bug, is a new state record for Hawaii and was first detected in Pearl City in December 2019.  It has also been found in the Waialua area.  Here are some quick facts, field survey photos, and photos attached.  Please forward this information to farmers and growers of avocado.  Further informational flyers will be forthcoming.  Please report any new infestations to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Plant Pest Control Branch.  We are determining the distribution and would like to prevent the spread of this new invasive species.

 

HOSTS:

Avocado (Persea Americana), red bay (Persea borbonia), and camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)

 

SYMPTOMS AND DAMAGE TO LOOK FOR:

Yellow blotching and chlorosis, scorching on leaves

early leaf drop

Undersides of leaves with black feces and eggs

Adults and nymphs on the undersides of leaves

 

LINKS TO INFO:

https://biocontrol.ucr.edu/hoddle/avocado_lace_bug.html

http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74134.html

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