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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.
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(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.
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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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The Mealybug sucks the trees sap and subsequently the tree dies.
This third edition now adds to the above several invasive species, such as glassy-winged sharpshooter, vine mealybug, and Virginia creeper.
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Rangaswamy "Muni" Muniappan of Virginia Tech identified the papaya mealybug, which ripped through crops, including papaya, eggplant, and tomato in southern India, causing mold and stunted growth, the Verge reports.
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