Striped mealybug (Ferrisia virgata)
It is a whitish mealybug with two longitudinal dark stripes, long glassy wax threads and two long tails. It attains a length of 4 mm. The stripped mealybug occurs on the underside of leaves near the petioles and on the stems. It sucks sap but does not inject any toxin into plants. Severely attacked plants show general symptoms of weakening but do not show distortion.
It is a minor pest of cassava, and no control is usually required as is controlled naturally by natural enemies.
- Select mealybug-free planting material.