Dysmicoccus brevipes

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pineapple mealybug Dysmicoccus brevipes on Ctenanthe
Source: United States National Collection of Scale Insects Photographs Archive (USDA ARS) - IPM Images

Dysmicoccus brevipes (Cockerell, 1893) (pink pineapple mealybug)

The mealybug is polyphagous and is found in tropical regions. It transmits the Pineapple mealybug wilt-associated virus 1 to pineapple and the mealybug is a serious problem in pineapple plantations, even at low densities. The adult females are 2-3 mm long and have a light pink colouration. The wax filaments at the posterior end are about double as long as the lateral filaments.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Ananasschmierlaus
• English: pink pineapple mealybug
• Español: cochinilla rosada de la piña
• Português: cochonilha-do-abacaxi
cochonilha-pulverulenta-do-abacaxi