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meal·y·bug

 (mē′lē-bŭg′)
n.
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.

meal•y•bug

(ˈmi liˌbʌg)

n.
any of several scalelike homopterous insects of the families Pseudococcidae and Eriococcidae that are covered with a powdery wax secretion and feed on plants.
[1815–25]
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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Farmers trained on ways of fighting deadly mealybugsHit hard by invasion of mealybugs, the Tharaka Nithi County government is carrying out training ward by ward in an effort to manage the pest that is still wreaking havoc on farms.Jasper Nkanya, the Agriculture executive, said the county is training farmers on the identification, control and prevention of the spread of mealybugs.
The purpose of this project is to determine the effect of three different treatments of crop coat on cacao to control mealybugs, vectors of CSSV, and other softbodies insects.
Small, soft bodied arthropods such as aphids, mealybugs, mites, and whiteflies have been reported to be sensitive to synthetic detergents (Cloyd 2006; Cranshaw 2006; Santibanez 2010).
Like a other mealybugs (Grasswitz and James, 2008; Cid et al., 2010), both males and females of the cotton mealybug have very limited range of movement.
* Mealybugs: Easy to spot, these insects resemble crowds of tiny cotton puffs.
The pest attack including cotton mealybugs, pink ball worm also reduced and it was reported at 23 percent as compared to 27 percent of same period of last year, he observed.
The pest attack including cotton mealybugs, pink ball worm also reduced and it was reported at 23 percent as compared the 27 percent of same period of last year, he observed.
In most of the fields, whitefly and mealybugs have damaged the crops inflicting losses worth millions of rupees.
Once in the vineyard, GRLD can be spread short distances, from vine to vine, by phloem-feeding insects such as mealybugs and scale insects.
Seed number per pod and pod number per plant is a high heritability feature determined by fertilization (Smith 1956) and not affected by mealybugs at this stage of development.
Mealybugs (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) are small, soft-bodied insects that suck plant saps.
Higher population of another type of mealybugs on different plant species due to increased carbohydrate sugars has also been reported (Karar et al., 2015).