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Pink Hibiscus Mealybug

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Pink Hibiscus Mealybug
Scientific Name:
Maconellicoccus hirsutus (Green, 1908) (ITIS; name is valid but unverified)
Common Name:
Pink hibiscus mealybug, pink mealybug, hirsutus mealybug
Female Pink Hibiscus Mealybug, Female - David Hall USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Native To:
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)
Destroys crops and ornamental plants (Hoy et al. 2003)

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status



Selected Resources

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USDA. APHIS. PPQ. CPHST. Identification Technology Program.
See also: Citrus Resource
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
North Central Integrated Pest Management Center.
See also: Pest Alerts for more resources
Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.

State and Local Government

California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.
See also: Plant Industry Pest Alerts for more pests


University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY029

University of Florida. IFAS Extension. Miami-Dade County.

See also: Ornamental Entomology for more pests