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Any of various soft-bodied scale insects covered with a white powdery substance, especially of the family Pseudococcidae, some of which are destructive to ornamental and agricultural plants.


(ˈmi liˌbʌg)

any of several scalelike homopterous insects of the families Pseudococcidae and Eriococcidae that are covered with a powdery wax secretion and feed on plants.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mealybug - scalelike plant-eating insect coated with a powdery waxy secretionmealybug - scalelike plant-eating insect coated with a powdery waxy secretion; destructive especially of fruit trees
coccid insect - scale insects and mealybugs
family Pseudococcidae, Pseudococcidae - scalelike insects: mealybugs
Comstock mealybug, Comstock's mealybug, Pseudococcus comstocki - Asiatic insect introduced accidentally into United States; pest on citrus and apple trees
citrus mealybug, Planococcus citri - feeds on a wide variety of cultivated plants but especially destructive to citrus
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Mealybugs (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) are sap-sucking insects in a family with about 2,000 species (Garcia Morales et al.
8 to educate growers in field identification and management of the VMB, and the identification of parasitized mealybugs and insects that are effective mealybug predators.
A number of wasps from the family Aphelinidae have been reported as hyperparasitoid of mealybugs and scales (Hayat, 1998).
Higher population of another type of mealybugs on different plant species due to increased carbohydrate sugars has also been reported (Karar et al.
The company said GRANDEVO and VENERATE are advanced broad-spectrum bioinsecticides that offer protection against chewing and sucking insects and mites including thrips, whiteflies, Asian citrus psyllid, armyworms and other pest caterpillars, Lygus bug, mealybugs, and soil-inhabiting pests.
Survey of mealybugs (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) vectors of Ampelovirus and Vitivirus in vineyards of northwestern Italy.
The disease, spread by mealybugs, is much more apparent in red wine cultivars, but also affects white wine cultivars.
This procedure was repeated until the confirmation of the infestation by digging around the stem cutting, and by the presence of ants, which may be an indicative of the presence of mealybugs.
Lacewings and ladybugs (available at feed stores) prey on pests such as aphids, mealybugs, and mites.
More trees are falling prey to Mealybugs wherever there are concrete roads," an environmentalist Kshitij Ashtekar said.
An experimental study of morphological variation in mealybugs (Homoptera: Coccoidea: Pseudococcidae).
TOP TEN Pests 1) Slugs and snails 2) Vine weevils 3) Capsid bugs 4) Mice and voles 5) Cushion scales 6) Spider mites 7) Mealybugs 8) Plum moths 9) Ants 10) Lily beetles