New Featured Creatures – Citrus mealybug, Planococcus citri by Harsimran Kaur Gill, Gaurav Goyal, and Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman, University of Florida

Photograph by Lyle Buss, University of Florida.

Photograph by Lyle Buss, University of Florida.

The citrus mealybug is a common pest of citrus primarily in greenhouses, and of several ornamental plants in Florida. It has been recognized as a difficult to control pest in Europe since 1813 (where it is called the greenhouse mealybug) and in the United States since 1879.

Want to know more? Visit the September 2012 Featured Creatures – Citrus mealybug, Planococcus citri (Risso) by Harsimran Kaur Gill, Gaurav Goyal, and Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman, University of Florida.

http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/CITRUS/Planococcus_citri.htm

Dr. Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman gillett@ufl.edu  is the coordinator for UF-IFAS Featured Creatures. Citrus mealybug is UF/IFAS publication number EENY-537.

Thanks to Dr. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman for submitting this announcement to UF-IFAS Pest Alert.