Stripped mealybug

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G. Goergen, Courtesy of EcoPort, www.ecoport.org
Is this a Minor Pest?: 
Yes
Minor Pest Title: 

Striped mealybug (Ferrisia virgata)

Minor Pest Description: 

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.

Minor Pest What to do.: 
  • Select mealybug-free planting material.
Minor Pest Position: 
2
Minor Pest Firstcontent: 
114
Pest Type: 
insect
Host Plants: 
Cassava