Rhizoecus falcifer Kiinckel de Herculais Root mealybug

Colonies of root mealybugs often occur on the roots of glasshouse plants; infestations are most often found on ornamentals. The foliage of attacked plants becomes dull. Also, heavily infested plants eventually wilt. The insects shelter in masses of whitish wax and breed par-thenogenetically, there being a succession of generations throughout the year. Adults are elongate, 1.0-2.3 mm long, and greenish-yellow but coated liberally in whitish wax. They are readily distinguished from root aphids by their stubby, 5-segmented, geniculate antennae (Fig. 198); they also have very short waxy anal appendages.

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