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Pink Hibiscus Mealybug

Pink Hibiscus MealybugScientific name: Maconellicoccus hirsutus (Green, 1908) (ITIS; name is valid but unverified)

Common name: Pink hibiscus mealybug, pink mealybug, hirsutus mealybug

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Native To: Asia (Roltsch et al. 2006)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 1984 in Hawaii; 1999 in California (Roltsch et al. 2006); 2002 in Florida (Hoy et al. 2006)

Means of Introduction: Unknown; possibly with imported cargo or passenger luggage (Sagarra and Peterkin 1999)

Impact: Destroys crops and ornamental plants (Scalera 2006)

Current U.S. Distribution:



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Pest Alert: Pink Hibiscus Mealybug
North Central Integrated Pest Management Center.

Pink Hibiscus Mealybug - Featured Creatures
University of Florida. Entomology and Nematology Department.

Citrus Pests - Pink hibiscus mealybug
USDA. APHIS. PPQ. CPHST. Identification Technology Program.
See also: Citrus Resource

Texas Invasives Database - Maconellicoccus hirsutus

Invasive Species Compendium - Maconellicoccus hirsutus
CAB International.

Data Sheets on Quarantine Pests - Maconellicoccus hirsutus (PDF | 75 KB)
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

Global Invasive Species Database - Maconellicoccus hirsutus (insect)
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.



Biological Control of Pink Hibiscus Mealybug
California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Pest Alert: Pink Hibiscus Mealybug
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.

Pink Hibiscus Mealybug Alert
Broward County (Florida). Parks and Recreation.


Pink Hibiscus Mealybug (Aug 2006; PDF | 1 MB)
University of Florida. IFAS. Miami-Dade County.



Hoy, M.A., A. Hamon, and R. Nguyen. 2006. Featured Creatures - Pink Hibiscus Mealybug. University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department. EENY-29.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Maconellicoccus hirsutus. [Accessed Feb 22, 2015].

Roltsch, W.J., D.E. Meyerdirk, R. Warkentin, E.R. Andress, and K. Carrera. 2006. Classical biological control of the pink hibiscus mealybug, Maconellicoccus hirsutus (Green), in southern California (PDF | 502 KB). Biological Control 37(2):155-166.

Sagarra, L.A., and D.D. Peterkin. 1999. Invasion of the Caribbean by the hibiscus mealybug, Maconellicoccus hirsutus Green [Homoptera : Pseudococcidae] Phytoprotection 80(2):103-113.

Scalera, S. 2006. Pink Hibiscus Mealybug (PDF | 77 KB). University of Florida, IFAS Extension. Fact Sheet #FS 6068 HORT.

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Last Modified: Nov 18, 2015
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