Pittosporum psyllid in NC

Another new pests has turned up around Wilmington, NC. This one on an exotic

Adult Cacopsylla tibiae and characteristic damage to pittosporum. Photo: Matt Bertone, NCSU PDIC.

Adult Cacopsylla tibiae and characteristic damage to pittosporum. Photo: Matt Bertone, NCSU PDIC.

ornamental plant Japanese pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira). The pest, Cacopsylla tobira, is a sucking insect called a psyllid.  Psyllid feeding generally causes deformed leaves. The most common or well-known psyllid in ornamental plants is probably the boxwood psyllid that causes cupped leaves at the end of boxwood twigs. Cacopsylla tobira has only been reported from California in the US. Thus not much is known about the biology, management, or damage of this pest. California has a note on psyllids that infest various crops if you would like to know more about this group. Please take note of strange damage to pittosporum and send suspicious samples to the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic.

Adult Cacopsylla tibiae. Photo: Matt Bertone, NCSU PDIC.

Adult Cacopsylla tibiae. Photo: Matt Bertone, NCSU PDIC.

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