Diaspis echinocacti (Bouché, 1833)

cactus scale

on Cactaceae

Diaspis echinocacti

© United States National Collection of Scale Insects Photographs , USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org: 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).

mod 29.xii.2018