Rhizopulvinaria artemisiae  (Signoret, 1873)
Main synonym = Pulvinaria artemisiae    Signoret, 1873
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Hemiptera / Coccoidea
English name not known     Maltese name not known
Further Information:
A population of this scale insect was found growing at the roots and lower stems of Phagnalon rupestre, located on remote maritime cliffs at Xlendi, Gozo, Malta. The insect is distributed in the South East Europe and most of the Mediterranean where it occurs in Czech Republic, Iraq, Ukraine, Turkey, Spain, Israel, Italy, Iran, Hungary, Germany, France, Canary islands, Romania.

As the epithet name suggest, this insect hosts plants of another genus of the Asteraceae family, that is Artemisia. Species of this genus are rare in Malta namely Arthemisa arborescens, but Phagnalon rupestre and Phagnalon graecum subsp. ginzbergeri are frequent.

This scale insect was submitted to David Mifsud for further study and was identified by Chris Hodgson. Further info on scale insects from Malta can be found on this article: D. Mifsud, G. Mazzeo, A. Russo & G. W. Watson (2014). THE SCALE INSECTS OF THE MALTESE ISLANDS. Zootaxa 3866(4): 499-525, Magnolia Press

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