Pseudococcus adonidum, also known as the long- tailed mealybug, is found all over the world. It is a common pest of greenhouse and conservatory plants. Length up to 0.2 inches (5 mm).
Mealybugs Insect Facts
- Common name: mealybugs
- Family: pseudococciade
- Suborder: sternorrhynvha
- Order: Hemiptera
- Class/ subphylum: Insecta/ Hexapoda
- Number of species: About 1100 (60 U.S.)
- Size: From around 0.04 in (1 mm) to 0.2 in (5 mm)
Key features: Oval-shaped insects with distinct body segments; females wingless; males a single pair of forewings or wingless; separation of the body into head, thorax, and abdomen not clearly visible in females, but head isobvious in males; males lack compound eyes are present; whole body covered in a powdery wax coating
Habits: With their limited mobility mealybugs are normally found sitting, often in groups, feeding from their host plants
Breeding: Females either produce fertilized eggs or live young; in some species females are parthenogenetic, with males not being known to occur
Diet: sap feeders, feeding from either the upper parts or the roots of a range of plants
Habitat: Almost any kind of habitat in which their host plants grow, including houses and greenhouses; a number are pests
Distribution: Worldwide, but more species in tropical regions.