Order:Pseudococcus Long Tailed Mealybug:Pseudococcus longispinus
What are Mealybugs?
Mealybugs are small insects covered with a white mealy coating; some have white
hairs attached to their bodies. The bugs feed by sucking on the plant juices. Mealybugs excrete a sticky
substance called honeydew which ants like to feed on. The honeydew also provides a perfect medium for
sooty mould growth. Mild temperatures and high humidity are perfect conditions for mealybugs to breed
as eggs hatch every 2-3 weeks. Prolonged hot weather reduces numbers.
What are the symptoms?
New growth appears distorted with a whitish substance in the leaf axils.
Close inspection will reveal the bugs.