Longtailed mealybug

Pseudococcus longispinus

The long-tailed mealybug has wax thread "tails" that are as long as or longer than the body. The female body is oval and covered with waxy filaments. Females live 2 or 3 months. The male is a tiny, winged creature, necessary for reproduction but living only a few days.

Damage: Mealybugs have piercing-sucking mouthparts. They feed by inserting slender mouthparts into plant tissues and sucking the sap. Plant parts may be spotted, curled, or wilted.

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