Per Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Jan 2020, a new pest has been reported on Oahu. This pest is not yet known to be on the Big Island, but avocado folks should be vigilant. If you note anything suspicious, please take clear photos from various angles that you can use to begin communications with DOA folks. Upload to 643PEST.org or use the 643Pest app to report any signs!
A new pest of avocado has been identified on Oahu, Hawaii. Pseudacysta 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 Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Plant Pest Control Branch. We are determining distribution and would like to prevent the spread of this new invasive species.
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
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