Last Updated on February 11, 2022 by Caroline Warwick

Since its original discovery in 2018, phantasma scale has now been found in Miami-Dade, Brevard, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. Photo credit: Dr. M.Z. Ahmed, USDA-ARS

Phantasma scale (Fiorinia phantasma) is a pest impacting many ornamental plant species but is especially common on palms (family Arecaceae). This pest species was first detected in Miami-Dade County in 2018 and has since caused problems in landscapes and for palm growers in five Florida counties (Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie).

MREC’s resident entomologist Dr. Lance Osborne has an updated website with resources available on Phantasma scale, including information on field diagnostics, management and chemical control methods. You can view our Phantasma Scale page here: MREC Phantasma Scale Website.

This pest has the potential to cause significant economic harm to ornamental growers, homeowners, and landscapers in Florida. If you detect Phantasma scale at your business or home, please contact your local Extension agent.


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