Ferrisia (genus)

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Ferrisia virgata female (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Chamaiporn Buamas, Department of Agriculture, Thailand
Source: PaDIL

Ferrisia Fullaway, 1923

This genus of mealybugs contains around 20 species. They are native to the Americas, but some have been introduced into other regions. Several species are polyphagous and a number are regarded as agricultural pests and vectors of plant diseases. For example, the striped mealybug (Ferrisia virgata) is now widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions and a vector of the cacao swollen shoot virus in Africa.

Type species: Ferrisia virgata

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: