Planococcus citri Risso Citrus mealybug

This mealybug is often abundant on glasshouse ornamentals, especially under hot, humid conditions. Vegetable crops such as tomato are also attacked. The pinkish eggs are laid in large batches and then surrounded by cottonwool-like masses of wax; these conspicuous ovisacs often attract attention. The adults are 3-4mm long and pinkish, coated with whitish wax; the peripheral and caudal waxen processes are characteristically short and stout (cf. glasshouse mealybug, Pseudococcus affinis, below).

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