The life stages of Euphyllura olivina include an egg, five nymphal instars, and adults (both sexes). Olive psyllids are very small insects ranging. AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER/WEIGHTS AND MEASURES DEPARTMENT. Olive Psyllid (Euphyllura olivina). Distribution: Olive growing regions from. Adult olive psyllid, Euphyllura olivina. Olive. Olive Psyllid. Scientific Name: Euphyllura olivina. (Reviewed 3/14, updated 3/14). In this Guideline.

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In southern California, psyllid numbers decline after Olivinq, most likely because it is hot. While it is still not known what impact psyllids have on olive trees, it appears that they can tolerate low numbers of psyllids without economic damage. Control measures should be taken before psyllids start secreting their heavy waxy coating, which protects them from pesticides. Focused application of insecticides to control this pest is usually not required if the regular control measures against the olive moth and olive fruit fly are taken.

The accumulation of sooty mold can possibly be a problem on olive trees. Comparison of biological and demographic parameters of Euphyllura olivina Costa Homoptera, Psyllidae on four varieties of olive.

UC Management Guidelines for Olive Psyllid on Olive

The adults are about 2. Sooty mold on leaves of California laurel, Umbellularia californica. Since in Croatia olive psyllid generally causes little damage to the olive, chemical control, except in rare cases, is not euphyllkra. Notice the waxy secretions covering the stem. In the United States, olive psyllid infestations are mostly found on ornamental olive trees Johnson Methods of monitoring include using sticky traps, agitating foliage to count fallen adults, and careful inspection of plant parts for eggs, nymphs, and euphhllura Kabashima et al.

In areas with hot temperatures, psyllid numbers may be reduced by pruning oilvina center limbs to enhance air circulation. The life cycle is about 3 months depending on temperature. Surveys to date in California indicate that Euphyllura olivina is limited to the areas from Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Irvine all in Orange County in the north to the city of San Diego in the south. However, the olive psyllid is polyphagous, but it only feeds on a few different plants see hosts section below.


The adults overwinter on the host. The olive psyllid nymphs and adults produce a white, waxy secretion Figure 2which can cause premature flower drop during infestations. Nymphs and adults euphylllura honeydew similar to aphidswhich can produce sooty mold. There are nonresidual, contact insecticides that work against psyllids, such as neem oil, insecticidal soap, and horticultural oil Kabashima et olivin.

The third generation of nymphs appears in September and October Zalom et al. University of California Riverside.

Eupyllura psyllid, Euphyllura olivina Costa Hemiptera: Numbers remain low until the following spring when buds appear on the trees. There are three generations per year. Tunisian Journal of Plant Protection 7: The psyllid has been found as far east as Temecula and Escondido. The rate of mortality increases at temperatures above Host plants need to be monitored for olive psyllid populations to prevent infestations from establishing in new locations.

Because the secretions complicate control strategies, insecticides should target the first generation to avoid problematic second generation euphyllra Kabashima et al.

How to Manage Pests

The second generation causes the most economic damage to olive because the immature olive psyllids are present during fruit production M. Populations in Euphyllra County have only been found from Temecula to Wildomar. Honeydew, also produced by nymphs and adults, can lead to sooty mold development on the surface of the host plant Johnson Did not expect to encounter this species here – doesn’t seem to have been recorded from the island before.


The accumulation euphyllurs honeydew on foliage provides a substrate for development of sooty mold Figure 3which can potentially block sunlight and inhibit photosynthesis, or lead opivina premature aging of leaves that causes the leaves to drop Laemmlen It is unclear at this time whether the distribution of Euphyllura olivina will significantly expand beyond San Diego and Orange Counties.

Growers can prune infested areas, mainly suckers, along with center limbs to enhance air circulation that increases heat exposure to olive psyllids JohnsonKabashima et al. Contributors own the copyright to and are solely responsible for contributed content.

Nymphs Figures 4 and 5 have a flattened, light green and white body and reddish-purple eyes. Olive psyllid populations may be reduced by pruning. The third generation is often unnoticed, appearing in September and October.

Granular insecticides for the control of olive psyllid, Euphyllura olivina Costa

Infested trees are contaminated with masses of wax and sticky honeydew upon which sooty moulds develop produced by larvae. This only becomes a euphylluga when olive psyllids are on inflorescences flower clusterswhich ultimately affects fruit production. The aestivating olive psyllids hide in cracks of the trunk of the host plant Zalom et al.

Because their waxy secretions reduce the attractiveness of olive trees and contaminate anything that comes within contact of the infested trees, efforts have been made to eliminate the infestations with insecticides or by heavily pruning infested plant parts mainly suckers.

Photograph by Marshall W. Adult males live between 24 and 44 days and females live between 26 and 50 days Meftah et al. UC pest management guidelines: