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Mealy Bug

Common Name: Mealy bug

Scientific Family Classification: Pseudococcidae

Species: About 13 species


  • Soft-bodies, flat and waxy
  • Oval shape and body segmentation
  • Females appear as nymphs resembling cottony spots whilst males (look completely different) are gnat-like and have wings looking like small flies

Damage to plants:

  • Inject toxins into plants whilst feeding, causing deformation
  • Yellowed and dropping leaves
  • Distorted growth
  • Sooty black mold
  • In extreme cases plant will defoliate and/or die

Natural Enemy:

  • Ladybirds