A New Cecidomyiid Preying on Avocado Lace Bug 43 A NEW LESTODIPLOSINE ( DIPTERA : CECIDOMYIIDAE ) PREYING ON THE AVOCADO LACE BUG , PSEUDACYSTA PERSEAE ( HETEROPTERA : TINGIDAE ) IN SOUTHERN FLORIDA

An undescribed cecidomyiid was discovered in Miami-Dade Co., Florida, during a survey for predators of the avocado lace bug, Pseudacysta perseae (Heidemann), a native pest of avocados, Persea americana , and redbay, Persea borbonia , in the USA. The avocado lace bug was considered a minor pest of avocados until the mid-1990s. Persistent outbreaks of this… CONTINUE READING