The Japanese wax scale Ceroplastes japonicus Green, 1921 (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha: Coccidae), a new species and pest on persimmon in the Republic of Macedonia.
The Japanese wax scale Ceroplastes japonicus is native to East Asia. The species has been introduced in Europe and at present is widespread mainly in the Mediterranean countries. It is polyphagous and economically important for fruits (citrus, persimmon, apple and stone fruits) and ornamentals in urban environments. Ceroplastes japonicus was detected for the first time in the Republic of Macedonia in February 2016. The findings were in the town of Valandovo, on branches of persimmon (Diospyros kaki L., Ebanaceae) in orchards and individual trees in the yards. During the summer, autumn and winter of the same year, C. japonicus was detected on leaves, twigs, branches and fruits of persimmon in the regions of Valandovo and Dojran in southern part of the country. The species is able to overwinter outdoor and establish a population.