Mazzeo, G., Longo, S., Pellizzari, G., Porcelli, F., Suma, P., & Russo, A. 2014 Exotic Scale Insects (Coccoidea) on Ornamental Plants in Italy: a Never-Ending Story. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica Suppl. 6: 55-61


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  • Notes: The introduction of ornamental plants into Italy for commercial and hobby purposes has provided scale insects with many chances of dispersion. Coccoidea often go unnoticed at border controls due to their cryptic lifestyle. Moreover, many of the introduced alien species become acclimatized outdoors, possibly due to the effects of urban pollution and global warming. The authors attempt to analyze this phenomenon and report on the records of new alien species in Italy, starting from the end of the Second World War