Tuttle mealybug, by Stocks (FDACS-DPI)

Photograph by Lyle Buss, University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department.

Photograph by Lyle Buss, University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department.

The Tuttle mealybug, Brevennia rehi (Lindinger), is a pest of many grass species and occurs nearly worldwide, especially where rice and sugarcane are grown. Tuttle mealybug has been collected only rarely in Florida, and primarily from southern Florida. Recently, it was collected in Orange County in 2011 and 2012 in association with damage to zoysia grass (Zoysia sp.). This species is also known as the rice mealybug.

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

Originally published as DPI Entomology Circular 421

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

Dr. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman (gillett@ufl.edu ) is the editor of UF-IFAS Featured Creatures publications and submitted content for this UF-IFAS Pest Alert.