Field report and survey of Fiorinia phantasma (Hemiptera: Diaspididae), potential pest of palms, and ornamental plants in the United States.
Fiorinia phantasma Cockerell & Robinson is an invasive, polyphagous pest recently found causing frond losses in ornamental palms in Miami-Dade County and in nurseries in Palm Beach County, Florida, USA. In this article, we document the discovery of this pest, its associated damage, closely related species, potential host plant species, a field guide, basic diagnostics, field dispersal, and available management options. Fiorinia phantasma is a pest of concern for ornamental plants demanding quick development of its management in Florida and preventative measures for other states in the United States. This article will help in detecting, identifying, and managing its early infestations.