n African Entomology - First record of the lace bug Cochlochila bullita (Hemiptera: Tingidae) as a pest of rosemary in South Africa : short communication
|Article Title||First record of the lace bug Cochlochila bullita (Hemiptera: Tingidae) as a pest of rosemary in South Africa : short communication|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Affiliations||1 University of Stellenbosch|
|Publication Date||Sep 2014|
|Pages||670 - 672|
The lace bug Cochlochila bullita Stål (Hemiptera: Tingidae) (Fig. 1) was recently observed for the first time feeding in large numbers on rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) in home gardens in Stellenbosch, Western Cape Province. It is mostly known as a pest in the Oriental Region where it feeds on many different species of the plant family Lamiaceae (Kumar 2013). In India it is a particularly destructive pest of aromatic and medicinal plants of the genus Ocimum. These plants are commonly known as 'basil', with O. basilicum and O. sanctum the most widely distributed species (Kumar 2013). It sucks the cell sap from the leaves, causing them to curl, dry and drop off. In Malaysia similar damage, as well as wilting of tender shoots, was observed on Orthosiphon stamineus, a plant used for making herbal tea (Sajab & Peng 2010). Stonedahl et al. (1992) and Deckert & Göllner-Scheiding (2006) also mention R. officinalis (rosemary) and Salvia coccinia (sage) as hosts.
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