Submitted to: Journal of Economic Entomology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: January 22, 2002
Publication Date: January 22, 2004
Citation: Miller, D.R., Miller, G.L. 2004. Invasive species of mealybugs and their threat to u.s. agriculture (hemiptera: pseudococcidae). Journal of Economic Entomology. 104: 824-835
Interpretive Summary: Mealybugs are agricultural pests that feed on many of the world's important crops, trees, and ornamental plants. This paper identifies 151 species that are either a pest or a threat to U.S. agriculture and are established in the U.S.and those species which pose a substantial threat to U.S. agriculture. The paper also identifies principle host plants which could be affected and the origin of the species, and gives literature citations for each. The information will be useful to scientists, action agencies such as APHIS, biological control workers, and producer or producer groups of commodities that mealybugs attack.
A compilation of 151 species of mealybugs that are either a pest or threat to U.S. agriculture is provided. Included for each species, where applicable, is reference to: U.S. origin and date of introduction; whether it is established in the U.S.; its pest or threat status in the U.S. along with a validation citation; its princible hosts; and its biogeographical region of origin.