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Pink hibiscus mealybugJeffrey Lotz, Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org

Pink Hibiscus Mealybug
Maconellicoccus hirsutus

The pink hibiscus mealybug (PHM) occurs in most tropical areas of the world, including Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, and Oceania. It is a pest of many plants, trees, and shrubs.

Keywords: Hemiptera, PHM, parthenogenesis, white wax, toxic saliva, malformed leaves and shoots, stunting; Common names: grape mealybug, grapevine mealybug

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Pink Hibiscus Mealybug found in states shaded green. Click the Distribution Source Image tab to see the data source for this map. New! to download this map in Google Earth's KMZ format. You must have Google Earth installed to use this feature. to go to the download page for Google Earth. for KMZ file troubleshooting tips.

Please note that this database contains threats applicable to forests of the eastern U.S. Threat distribution in western states is indicated only when information is readily available.

Pink hibiscus mealybug distribution

Threat Description

Adult PHMs are about 1/8 in. long. Females are pink and wingless, and their bodies have a white, waxy covering. Males have a pair of wings and two long waxy tails and are capable of flight. Reproduction may occur by means of parthenogenesis in the absence of the male. The mature female lays eggs in an eggsack of white wax, usually in clusters on the twigs, branches, or bark of the host plant but sometimes on the plant’s leaves and terminal ends. Egg development takes between 3 and 9 days. In its egg stage, PHM disperses most easily by wind. The wax, which sticks to each egg, also facilitates passive transport by animals or people. Eggs hatch into nymphs called crawlers which are very mobile. They may disperse over the host, especially toward tender growing parts, or be carried away by wind, people, or animals. As it feeds, PHM injects a toxic saliva into the plant that results in malformed leaf and shoot growth, stunting, and, occasionally, death. If left undisturbed, colonies will grow into large masses of white, waxy deposits on branches, fruiting structures, leaves, and even whole plants, including large trees.


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