Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ripersiella planetica

Ripersiella planetica (Williams, 2004)

asian root mealybug


Aphids white, covered with flocculent wax, 2 mm long, short sausage-shaped, with short antennae and legs; at the roots.

host plants

polyphagous, in Europe at the moment only:

Sonchus oleraceus.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).


Exotic species, found in Malta in 2012.


Malumphy (2012a), Mifsud, Mazzeo, Russo & Watson (2014a).

Last modified 28.xii.2018