Malumphy, C.P. 2009 First interception in Europe of Philephedra tuberculosa Nakahara & Gill (Hemiptera: Coccidae), a neotropical pest of ornamental plants and fruit crops.. Entomologisk Tidskrift 130(2): 109-112
Notes: Philephedra tuberculosa Nakahara & Gill (Coccidae) was detected in Sweden on croton (Codiaeum variegatum) foliage imported from Ecuador via the Netherlands during October 2008. This is the first finding of this polyphagous Neotropical pest in Europe. In Florida, it is a serious pest of papaya, custard apple and a range of ornamental plants. The geographical distribution, host range, biology and economic importance of P. tuberculosa are reviewed.