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Medium_img_1460 Is this a mealy bug destroyer? (Or is it a mealybug?)

Is this little guy a mealy bug destroyer? It is on a lillpilly and there are a few more of them, but not a huge amount. In the past I have had mealy bugs on this particular shrub.

Many thanks,

Submitted: 05:38PM, 15 May 2019
Answer: Hi Deborah,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

The insect on your lillypilly looks very much like the beneficial insect called the Mealy Bug Destroyer. Mealy bug destroyers are the larvae of a ladybeetle.

The best way to tell the two apart is to flip the insect on to it’s back and look at the mouthparts. Mealy bugs will have a lance-like mouthpart that they use to pierce and suck out plant nutrients. The Mealy Bug Destroyer (beetle larvae) will have chewing mouthparts.

To reduce pests and diseases, we recommend keeping the plants well fed and watered. We recommend applying ‘Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver and Plant Fertiliser’ as a complete, soil-conditioning fertiliser. It’s certified for use in organic gardens and will help create a nutrient rich soil for better root growth, stronger plants and more flowers and fruit! It can be used on gardens all year round, including native plants.

Hope this helps.

Joyful gardening!
Kind regards,

Yates Horticulturist

Answered: 11:23AM, 16 May 2019


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