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Bamboo thread scale found in Florida

A potentially invasive bamboo pest has been reported in Florida. The bamboo thread scale, Kuwanaspis bambusicola, is a small immobile pest with a hard armor covering. It was first detected in Florida 2005 and has been found in four counties as of April 2020. For more information, visit the FDACS-DPI bamboo thread scale pest alert: https://www.fdacs.gov/content/download/91985/file/PESTALERT-a-bamboo-thread-scale.pdf

Bamboo thread scale photographed on bamboo. Photo credit: M.Z. Ahmed, FDACS-DPI.