This species was intercepted 7 times at U. S. ports-of-entry between 1995 and 2012, with specimens originating primarily from Central and northern South America (Antigua and Barbuda, Ecuador, El Salvador, Dominican Republic), and India. We also have examined specimens taken in quarantine from El Salvador (plant); Jamaica (Kalanchoe); Kenya (Stapelia); South Africa (Anacampseros, Caralluma, Euphorbia, Hoodia, Huernia, Stapelia); Zimbabwe (Caralluma). ScaleNet lists it on 15 host families. It is most commonly collected on succulents. This species is apparently native to South Africa and surrounding countries but has recently been discovered in Colombia, Martinique, Mexico, Puerto Rico and The United States of America (California, Florida). Another species of Planchonia other than P. stentae has been taken in quarantine, P.arabidis Signoret (Jamaica, on Thymus; Puerto Rico, on Eryngium).