Giant pine scale
Giant pine scale (Marchalina hellenica) is a scale insect which feeds on pine tree sap.
Samples in Victoria and metropolitan Adelaide confirmed the first recorded detections of the insect in Australia.
Large populations of the insect cause:
- branch dieback
- gradual desiccation
- tree death.
For detailed information about the insect download the pest alert factsheet ().
Report any possible sightings to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.