Photo 1. Larva of the mealybug ladybird, Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, showing long, white, waxy filaments.
Photo 2. Larva of the mealybug ladybird, Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, feeding on spiralling whitefly on guava.
Mealybug ladybird, also known by the nickname 'mealybug destroyer'. In Oceania, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea.
AUTHOR Grahame Jackson & Mani Mua
Information from Swaine G (1971) Agricultural Zoology in Fiji. Her Majesty's Stationery Office. London; and Martin NA (2016, revised 2018) Mealybug ladybird - Cryptolaemus montrouzieri. (https://nzacfactsheets landcareresearch.co.nz/factsheet/InterestingInsects/Mealybug-ladybird---Cryptolaemus-montrouzieri.html); and Cryptolaemus montrouzieri. Wikipedia. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptolaemus_montrouzieri); and Cryptoleamus montrouzieri (mealybug destroyer). CABI Invasive Species Compendium. (https://www.cabi.org/isc/datasheet/16393); and from Pacific Invasive Ant Toolkit. (http://piat.org.nz/getting-rid-of-ants). Photo 1 Sonya Broughton, Department of Agriculture & Food Western Australia, Bugwood.org. Photo 2 David Cappaert, Bugwood.org. Photo 4 Randy Thaman, University of the South Pacific, Fiji.
Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project HORT/2016/18: Responding to emerging pest and disease threats to horticulture in the Pacific islands, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Pacific Community.
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