Rodolia cardinalis (Mulsant)


Taxonomic position

Coleoptera: Coccinellidae Rodolia cardinalis

Year of introduction

1926, 1930


Australia via South Africa and via California, USA (1926); via Egypt (1930)

Target pest

Cottony cushion scale, Icerya purchasi Maskell

Host plant(s)

Polyphagous pest on several crops, including citrus, wattle and other Acacia spp.

Present status

Provided complete economic control. Present status not known as R. cardinalis has not been sighted or collected in the field for a long time.


1. Ramachandra Rao, Y. and Cherian, M.C. 1944. The fluted scale, Icerya purchasi Mask., as a pest of wattle in South India and its control by the biological method. Madras Agricultural Journal, 32(3-2): 1-20.

2. Subramanyam, V.K. 1955. Control of the fluted scale in Peninsular India. Indian Journal of Entomology, 11(1): 61-70.