Key to Mealybugs

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Key to Mealybugs

Key to the Most Common Mealybugs found on Flowers and Foliage Plants

1. Adult females with long, white filaments at the rear (Fig. 104A); females apparently giving birth to live young Longtailed mealybug.

1.' Adult females without long, white filament at the rear; females lay eggs in a dense, white fluffy ovisac .... 2

2. Female feeding on above ground portion of plant 3

2.' Female never feeding on above ground portions of plant; white mealybug feeding on roots (Fig. 104B) ........... Pritchard's mealybug and other Root mealybugs.

3. Body orangish or purplish and covered with white bloom; a darker line down the middle of the back (Fig. 105A); mealybug very damaging to the health of many plants Citrus mealybug.

3.' Body purplish and covered with white bloom; three rows of white tufts down the back (Fig. 105B); may occur in high numbers with little effect on the health of the plant Mexican mealybug.

Figure 104:

Figure 105:

Striped mealybug, Ferrisia virgata (Cockerell)   ZOOM
Pink hibiscus mealybug, Maconellicoccus hirsutus (Green)ZOOM : Visit University of Florida WebSite CLICK HERE
No common name, Phenacoccus madeiresis Green    ZOOM
Solanum mealybug, Phenacoccus solani Ferris       ZOOM
Citrus mealybug, Planococcus citri (Risso)       ZOOM
Longtailed mealybug, Pseudococcus longispinus (Targioni-Tozzetti)    ZOOM

Unknown species,   ZOOM    To see pictures of the damage casused by this mealybug click HERE! 

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