Presence of New Pest of Avocado (Persea americana) in Trinidad and Tobago

Publication Date
Fri, 15 Apr 2011, 00:00
Last Updated
Aug. 28, 2011, 9:01 a.m.
Report Number
TTO-04/2
Country
Trinidad and Tobago
Pest Id
Pseudacysta perseae - (PSEYPE)
Report Status
Final
Hosts
Avocado (Persea americana)
Pest Status
  • Unknown
Geographical Distribution
Found in six (6) locations between North and Central Trinidad
Summary

The avocado lace bug (Pseudacysta perseae, family Tingidae) is a damaging pest of avocado (Persea americana), which occurs in French Guyana, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, French Guyana and southeastern United States. In the Caribbean its has been discovered in Bermuda, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. As of 2006, in California it occurred only in San Diego County. Although its main host of economic importance is the avocado fruit tree, it attacks other Persea species such as red bay (P. borbonia), and camphor tree (Cinnamomum camphora), which is grown as a landscape ornamental.Avocado lace bug is a true bug with sucking mouth parts. The common name "lace bug", is derived from the highly reticulate "lace-like-patterning" of the thorax and wings of adults. Although avocado is not a highly commercially grown crop in this country, the presence of this new pest in Trinidad in January 2011 was cause for concern. Most reports of pest sightings occurred in home gardens and hence a measure of vigilance is needed, as home gardeners do not culturally implement pest control measures on backyard fruit trees.

Danger
Causes defoliation and potenital loss of yield
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