Mealybug

Mealybug

There are many types of Leaf-footed Bugs, which are true bugs. They feed on seeds, tender twigs, and leaves with piercing mouthparts. The adults are about 3/4ths inch long, and brown with varied markings. While they do not do much damage to shrubs and trees, they are a nuisance pest when they enter homes seeking overwintering locations. Sometimes large numbers will enter a home in the fall. Leaf-footed bugs can fly, and they make a loud buzzing noise. They do not bite or sting.because the ants protect them against their natural enemies by actually fighting off their predators. Mealy Bugs typically infest citrus, but will also go after dracaena palm and greenhouse plants. Care must be taken not to kill off Mealy Bug Destroyers, whose larvae look remarkably similar to the Mealy bugs themselves.

  • Antenna- small underneath the prosoma
  • Eyes- underneath the prosoma
  • Head- attached to thorax w/stylet
  • Legs- 6
  • Wings- none
  • Thorax- coated with wax
  • Petiole- none
  • Abdomen- attached to thorax
  • Color- white
  • Other- some have long filamentus tails

Life Cycle

Some Mealy bugs lay eggs within an egg sac, while some varieties give birth to live crawlers. There can be two generations each year and they may overwinter. In spring most mealybug crawlers move onto expanding green shoots, reaching maturity in mid-May to early June. The new females lay eggs that hatch from mid-June to July. The next generation crawlers then move out to the green portions to feed on foliage in late June or early July; mostly immature Mealy bugs are seen through July. Adult females will again appear in late summer and early fall. There are many types of Leaf-footed Bugs, which are true bugs. They feed on seeds, tender twigs, and leaves with piercing mouthparts. The adults are about 3/4ths inch long, and brown with varied markings. While they do not do much damage to shrubs and trees, they are a nuisance pest when they enter homes seeking overwintering locations. Sometimes large numbers will enter a home in the fall. Leaf-footed bugs can fly, and they make a loud buzzing noise. They do not bite or sting.because the ants protect them against their natural enemies by actually fighting off their predators. Mealy Bugs typically infest citrus, but will also go after dracaena palm and greenhouse plants. Care must be taken not to kill off Mealy Bug Destroyers, whose larvae look remarkably similar to the Mealy bugs themselves.

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