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Maconellicoccus hirsutus (pink hibiscus mealybug; pink mealybug; hirsutus mealybug)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The Maconellicoccus hirsutus, (also known as the pink, grape or hibiscus mealybug) is a pest of many plants, trees, and shrubs. It infests hibiscus, citrus, coffee, sugar cane, annonas, plums, guava, mango (although, mango mealybug is more problematic), okra, sorrel, teak, mora, pigeon pea, peanut, grapevine, maize, asparagus, chrysanthemum, beans, cotton, soybean, cocoa, and many other plants. The pest forms colonies on the host plant, and if left undisturbed, the colonies will grow into large masses of white waxy coverings on branches, fruiting structures, leaves, and even whole plants, including large trees.
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Invasive Species

Maconellicoccus hirsutus or the pink hibiscus mealybug, is a polyphagous pest on a wide range of ornamental and agricultural plant species. Native to tropical and subtropical Asia and Africa, M. hirsutus forms colonies covered by a white waxy, elastic ovisac material. Feeding causes plant deformation and lowered aesthetics, which can result in heavy economic losses. The overall potential annual cost of control and damages to the US economy from M. hirsutus has been estimated to be around US$ 700 million, with the global estimate being around US$ 5 billion. While chemical and physical control methods are generally ineffective, effective biological control of M. hirsutus has been acheived in a number of countries.
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Prey / Diet



Laos, Oman, Nepal, Seychelles, Saudi Arabia, Saint Martin & St. Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis Islands, Puerto Rico & Vieques Island, Philippines, Pakistan, Socotra Island, Niger, Nigeria, Zanzibar, Papua New Guinea, Trinidad and Tobago, Senegal, Maldives, Zambia, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Zaire, Tuvalu, Somalia, Tonga, Thailand, Tanzania, Taiwan, Sudan, Sri Lanka, U.S. Virgin Islands, Brunei, Congo, China, Chad, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire (=Ivory Coast), Burkina Faso, Andaman Islands, Benin, Bangladesh, Australia, Algeria, Singapore, Malaysia, Burma (=Myanmar), Indonesia, Egypt, Liberia, Kenya, Lebanon, Japan, India, Hong Kong, Hawaiian Islands, Guam, Grenada, Gabon, French Guiana, Kampuchea (=Cambodia);

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1Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
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