Priority plant pests and diseases

Help protect Queensland – report suspicious plant symptoms

Some pests and diseases are of such concern that you are legally required to report sightings to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).

Protect Queensland from priority plant pests and diseases by:

  • using the practical advice below to look for and identify priority plant pests and diseases
  • phoning Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or contacting the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881 if you see the symptoms described.

Image Common name Affected plants/items
African citrus psyllid Citrus and citrus relatives
American serpentine leafminer Horticultural crops e.g. potatoes, melons, eggplant, tomatoes, vegetables
Asian citrus psyllid Citrus and citrus relatives
Bacterial heart rot and fruit collapse of pineapple Pineapple
Banana bunchy top Banana
Banana freckle Banana
Banana skipper butterfly Banana, Musa species, including Manila hemp (Musa textalis)
Black Sigatoka Banana
Brown marmorated stink bug Multiple hosts
Capsicum whitefly Multiple hosts
Citrus canker Citrus and citrus relatives
Citrus fruit borer Citrus and citrus relatives
Citrus powdery mildew Citrus
Cocoa pod borer Cocoa, rambutan
Coffee mealybug Multiple hosts
Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus Cucurbits and some weeds
European house borer Seasoned, untreated coniferous timber
Exotic longhorned beetles Multiple hosts
Exotic spongy moth Multiple hosts
Giant African snail Multiple hosts
Giant pine scale Pine, fir and spruce
Glassy-winged sharpshooter Multiple hosts
Grape phylloxera Grapes
Grapevine leaf rust Grapes
Guava root-knot nematode
Huanglongbing Citrus and citrus relatives
Jack Beardsley mealybug Multiple hosts
Khapra beetle
Mal secco Citrus
Mandarin stem-pitting Mandarin
Mango leaf gall midge Mango
Mango malformation disease Mango
Mango pulp weevil Mango
Mango shoot looper Mango
Mediterranean fruit fly Multiple hosts
Melon fly Multiple hosts
Melon necrotic spot virus Melons and cucumber
Melon thrips Multiple hosts
Myrtle rust Myrtaceae
Navel orangeworm Multiple hosts
New Guinea fruit fly Multiple hosts
Oriental fruit fly Multiple hosts
Panama disease tropical race 4 (TR4) Banana
Papaya ringspot disease Papaya and cucurbits
Pierce's disease Xyllela affects multiple hosts
Plum pox virus (Sharka) Stonefruit and almonds
Polyphagous shot-hole borer Multiple hosts
Potato cyst nematodes (PCN) Solanaceae
Pyriform scale Multiple hosts
Red banded mango caterpillar Mango
Serpentine leafminer Horticultural crops e.g. potatoes, melons, eggplant, tomatoes, ornamental plant species
South African pit scale Multiple hosts
Southern red mite Multiple hosts
Spiralling whitefly Multiple hosts
Strawberry angular leaf spot Strawberries
Tomato red spider mite Multiple hosts
Tomato-potato psyllid Multiple hosts
Vegetable leafminer Multiple hosts