Photo 1. Curled, bunched tomato leaves, caused by feeding of the cotton mealybug, Phenacoccus solenopsis.
Photo 2. Waxy secretions on stems, leaves and fruit infested with the cotton mealybug, Phenacoccus solenopsis.
Photo 4. Single mealybug, Phenacoccus solenopsis, showing the dark marks on the back, and the waxy filaments at the edges.
Cotton mealybug, Solenopsis mealybug
Phenacoccus solenopsis. It is possible that different biotypes exist in the Americas compared to Asia.
AUTHOR Grahame Jackson & Mani Mua
Information from CABI Phenacoccus solenopsis (cotton mealybug) (2018) Crop Protection Compendium. (www.cabi.org/cpc); and Scalenet. Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley 1898 (Pseudococcidae: Phenacoccus. (http://scalenet.info/catalogue/Phenacoccus%20solenopsis/); and from Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley. Plant Pests of the Middle East. (http://www.agri.huji.ac.il/mepests/pest/Phenacoccus_solenopsis/). Photo 6 Buamas C (2010) Solenopsis mealybug (Phenacoccus solenopsis): PaDIL - (http://www.padil.gov.au).
Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project HORT/2016/185: Responding to emerging pest and disease threats to horticulture in the Pacific islands, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
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