The ladybird beetle Hyperaspis trifurcata
Schaeffer is a predator of the cochineal scale Dactylopius
opuntiae (Hemiptera: Dactylopiidae) that was recorded for
the first time in the northern region of Jordan (Jerash,
Irbid and Ajloun) where the prickly pear plant Opuntia
ficus-indica (L.) Miller (Cactaceae) is cultivated and
widely attacked by the cochineal scale insect. The
cochineal insect population was monitored in conjunction
with the activity of the predatory beetle in six farms.
feeding activity of H. trifurcata on nymphs in cochineal
colonies was recorded. This confirms and indicates its
predatory being as a natural enemy.
Keywords : Cochineal scale insect, Prickly-pear cactus, predator ladybeetle, Geographic distribution, north region, Hyperaspis trifurcate.