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Abstract

Introduction to a new invasive pest, Ceroplastes stellifer (Westwood) (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Coccidae).

Abstract

Ceroplastes stellifer (Westwood, 1871), is a tropicospolitan, polyphagous species often found in conspicuous numbers on the leaves of economically important trees and shrubs, and is listed in the Catalogue of Quarantine Pests for Plants Imported to the People's Republic of China, 2007. This species was previously recorded in China only from Taiwan, and was first found and collected on the Chinese mainland in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, where it was found on Schefflera octophylla and. Mangifera indica in late October 2013. It is, therefore, a new invasive pest to mainland China. In this paper, the morphological characters, geographic distribution, host plants, biology and economic importance of this species are introduced.