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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

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)

Pink Hibiscus Mealybug
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Female Pink Hibiscus Mealybug, Female


David Hall USDA, Agricultural Research Service

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Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source.

State and Local Government
  • EDIS - Pink Hibiscus Mealybug

    • University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.

    • Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY029