New Featured Creatures! A mealybug, Phenacoccus multicerarii by Ian Stocks, FDACS-DPI

Photograph by I.C. Stocks, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry.

Photograph by I.C. Stocks, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry.

We are pleased to announce a new mealybug Featured Creatures!

a mealybug, Phenacoccus multicerarii Granara de Willink Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry (FDACS-DPI) inspector Lisa Hassell collected the mealybug Phenacoccus multicerarii, a new continental record, from a retail nursery in Fernandina Beach (Nassau County, on 15 June 2011). On a return visit to the store, the mealybug was observed in high numbers on numerous host plants. On 28 June 2011, an additional find was made at a nursery in Apopka that had exchanged plant material with the nursery in Jacksonville. No further infestations were reported until October 2012, when a heavy infestation was discovered on a residential planting of Plectranthus scutellarioides (L.) Dodd (= Solenostemon scutellarioides, common coleus) in Cooper City (Broward County).

Author: Ian Stocks, Taxonomic Entomologist, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry.

Originally published as DPI Entomology Circular 422

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/ORN/MEALYBUG/phenacoccus_multicerarii.htm

Thanks to Dr. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman (gillett@ufl.edu ) for her submission of this UF-IFAS Featured Creatures Publication!