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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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Selected Resources

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. 2003)

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

Impact: Destroys crops and ornamental plants (Hoy et al. 2003)

Current U.S. Distribution:



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

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.

Plantwise Technical Factsheet - Pink Hibiscus Mealybug (Maconellicoccus hirsutus)
CABI. Plantwise Knowledge Bank.

EPPO Global Database - Maconellicoccus hirsutus
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

Global Invasive Species Database - Maconellicoccus hirsutus (insect)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

State Government

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

Pest Alert: Pink Hibiscus Mealybug (Jun 2002; PDF | 483 KB)
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.
See also: Plant Industry Pest Alerts for more pests

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


EDIS - Pink Hibiscus Mealybug
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY029

Pink Hibiscus Mealybug (Aug 2006; PDF | 1 MB)
University of Florida. IFAS Extension. Miami-Dade County.
See also: Ornamental Entomology for more pests


Hoy, M.A., A. Hamon, and R. Nguyen. 2003. Pink Hibiscus Mealybug, Maconellicoccus hirsutu. University of Florida, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. Publication #ENY029 (IN156).

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.

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Last Modified: Jun 14, 2018
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