First report of Maconellicoccus hirsutus in Cyprus
The NPPO of Cyprus recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the occurrence of Maconellicoccus hirsutus (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae – EPPO A1 List) on its territory. This mealybug was found mainly on hibiscus plants (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) in private gardens, and garden centres. It was also occasionally found on grapevine (Vitis spp.) and guava (Psidium guavaja). During surveys carried out in 2010, it was found that the pest occurs throughout the island. Phytosanitary measures will be taken to contain the pest.
The situation of Maconellicoccus hirsutus in Cyprus can be described as follows: Present, first reported in 2010, widespread, under official control.
NPPO of Cyprus (2010-12).