Pseudococcus comstocki

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Author(s): Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series
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Pseudococcus comstocki (Kuwana) - (Comstock mealybug)

The mealybug is native in eastern Asia and has invaded several regions like North America and the Mediterranean region. For example, it has been recorded from southern France and Italy since 2004. It is polyphagous and attacks fruit trees and other crops like apple, pear or grapevine. Outbreaks can develop during which honeydew excretion by the mealybug causes the accumulation of sooty mould, resulting in up to 80% of the fruits becoming unmarketable and being discarded.

Research is underway to identify suitable candidates for a classical biological control program, like the introduction of a parasitoid from the native range of the mealybug (Malausa et al., 2016).

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Bananenschmierlaus
• English: Comstock mealybug
• Español: cochinilla de Comstock
• Français: cochenille de Comstock