Abstract. Maconellicoccus hirsutus (Green) (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) is an invasive pest of horticultural and agricultural crops worldwide. Name: Maconellicoccus hirsutus (Green). Synonyms: Phenacoccus hirsutus Green. Taxonomic position: Insecta: Hemiptera: Homoptera: Pseudococcidae. General information about Maconellicoccus hirsutus (PHENHI).

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Posterior tufts of cotton-like waxy deposits are often girsutus. In urban landscapes where biological control tactics are preferred, the goal is to preserve natural enemies that reduce the mealybug population and damage below the acceptable levels.

The entire mealybug colony tends to become covered by white, sticky, elastic, woolly, wax ovisac material.

Maconellicoccus hirsutus (pink hibiscus mealybug)

The macoellicoccus hibiscus mealybug, Maconellicoccus hirsutus Green Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae associated with rambutan Nephelium lappaceum L. It has been found that damage to a territory newly invaded by M. As the mealybug has no known beneficial effects, it seems unlikely that deliberate introduction would occur except for malicious purposes. We also believe this pest can be suppressed by the importation, rearing, release and establishment of host-specific natural enemies classical biological control.


Caymanian Compass, Cayman FreePress. First instar nymphs crawlers of the pink hibiscus mealybug disperse by walking and by wind.

Virgin Islands, Vietnam and Yemen. The development and use of life tables in the study of natural insect populations.

Retrieved from ” https: Phytosanitary Measures Garland recommends a fumigant for use against M. Hirsutux Francaise d’Entomologie N. Coccoidea records from Fiji: Indian Journal of Science and Industry, A, 4 2: In regions where natural enemies are nonexistent or sparse, augmentation and classical biological control programs have proven highly effective.

Maconellicoccus hirsutus – Wikipedia

Reproduction may occur by means of parthenogenesis in the absence of the male. Although Guyana did not suffer direct crop losses, the loss of trade in regional export markets was considerable. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, Wufeng, Ministry of Agriculture, Egypt.

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More aggressive ant species Hymenoptera: Mani states that most granular insecticides are ineffective against M. Maconellicoccus hirsutus and Paracoccus marginatus Hem.

Agricultural practices Cutting down infested plants aids dispersal by scattering the crawlers into the air, hirsutjs the wind may cart them away.


Moreover, the host range of H. Ben-Dov and German list natural enemies of M.

Immune response of the hibiscus mealybug, Maconellicoccus hirsutus Green Homoptera: Distribution Maps of Plant Pests, No.

Green’s description included material from Tasmania, but this is now regarded as a separate species, M.

Maconellicoccus hirsutus

In ornamental plant nurseries and conservatories where infestations are not tolerated, chemical management based on maclnellicoccus applications of horticultural oil, insect growth regulators, neonicotinoids, organophosphates, and pyrethroids may be necessary.

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Comparison of life table parameters for Maconellicoccus hirsutusAnagyrus kamali mavonellicoccus, Cryptolaemus montrouzieri and Scymnus coccivora. Biological Control Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, a native of Australia, has been used successfully to reduce large populations of M. Damage is due to sucking plant constituents, injecting toxic saliva and to excreting honeydew which is colonized by sootymold. The success of M.