Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Diaspis echinocacti

Diaspis echinocacti (Bouché, 1833)

cactus scale

on Cactaceae

Diaspis echinocacti

© United States National Collection of Scale Insects Photographs , USDA Agricultural Research Service, the elongated smaller scales are of males.


On all green parts of the plant, sometimes also the root collar

host plants

Cactaceae, broadly oligophagous

Opuntia coccinellifera, ficus-indica, “glaucophylla”, humifusa, leucotricha, microdasys, “polyantha”, stricta, tomentosa, tuna.

In greenhouses and indoors on many more species, like Cereus repandus; Echinopsis eyriesii; Mamillaria; Schlumbergera truncata; Selenicereus grandiflorus, macdonaldiae.
Occasionally on plants of other families.



distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).


In Central and North Europa often in greenhouses etc.


Blay Goicoechea (1992a), Gertsson (2016a), Gomez-Menor Guerrero (1967a), Gómez-Menor Ortega (1965a), Hellrigl (2004a), Łagowska, Golan, Kot ao (2015a), Malumphy, Ostrauskas & Pye (2008a), Mifsud, Mazzeo, Russo & Watson (2014a), ScaleNet, Seljak (2010a).

Last modified 29.xii.2018