Pest of the Month November 2008 – Cycad Scale

  • Distribution: Oahu, Big Island, Kauai, and Maui
  • Host:  Cycad species especially sago palm
  • Symptoms:  Leaves turn yellow, then brown and die
  • Management:  Biological control with tiny black lady beetle (Rhyzobius lophanthae) preferred.

Source: Cycad Scale on Sago Palm, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Cooperative Extension Service, Publication IP-23, October 2005.

Cycad Scale on Sago Palm. Photo by Dr. Scot Nelson, UH CTAHR