Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Lepidosaphes beckii

Lepidosaphes beckii (Newman, 1869)

purple scale

mainly on Citrus

Lepidosaphes beckili: scales

1-7: development of the female shield. 8-10: female shield from above (8), ventral, after opening the weak ventral shield (9) and after the eggs have been deposited and te female has died (10). 11: male shield (from Gomez-Menor Guerrero, 1967a).


Scales mainly on the leaves and fruits.

host plants

Rutaceae, etc.

Citrus aurantium, limon, paradisi, sinensis.

Also Codiaeum variegatum; Magnolia; Pyrus communis; Quercus; Wigandia caracasana, urens.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).


Cornuaspis beckii.


Epidoplosis filifera.


Important pest in citrus cultivation.


Blay Goicoechea (1992a), Carnero Hernandez & Perez Guerra (1986a), Gagné & Jaschhof (2021a), Gomez-Menor Guerrero (1967a), Gómez-Menor Ortega (1965a), Hellrigl (2004a), Masten Milek, Seljak, Šimala ao (2016a), Mifsud, Mazzeo, Russo & Watson (2014a), Şi̇şman & Ülgentürk (2010a), Szita, Fetykó, Konczné Benedicty, ao (2017a).

Last modified 26.x.2021