ASPIDIOTUS NERII BOUCHE IN GREENHOUSE OF THE POLAR-ALPINE BOTANICAL GARDEN-INSTITUTE
Keywords:scale insects, greenhouse, insectarium, artificial conenose, life cycle
The results of the long-term studies of the biology of Aspidiotus nerii, acclimatized in the collection greenhouse of the Polar-Alpine Botanical garden, are presented. In greenhouse conditions, it develops in three generations. Laboratory methods have been developed for the maintenance of A. nerii mother cultures in separate bio-chambers of an isolated insectarium box equipped for plant cultivation. The seasonal cycle of the pest has been studied, the characteristics of the development stages has been provided, and the storage plants have been selected. In the greenhouse, the reservoir plant species hosting A. nerii colonies have been identified to provide monitoring of pest abundance and appropriate choice of plant protection measures.