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Title: TWO NEW SPECIES OF MEALYBUGS FROM PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA (HEMIPTERA: COCCOIDEA: PSEUDOCOCCIDAE)

Author
item Granara De Willink, Maria
item Miller, Douglass

Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/18/2003
Publication Date: 1/7/2004
Citation: Granara De Willink, M.C., Miller, D.R. 2004. Two new species of mealybugs from Patagonia, Argentina (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Pseudococcidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 106:140-158.

Interpretive Summary: Mealybugs include many invasive pests that feed on most of the world's important agricultural crops, trees, and ornamental plants. This paper presents new information on two unusual mealybug species from Argentina that are new to science and could become serious invasive pests on grasses and ornamental crops if they gain entry into the US. The research provides detailed descriptions and illustrations of many of the life stages of these potential pests. This information is important for action agencies so that they can accurately identify specimens intercepted at ports-of-entry and can prevent their entry into the United States.

Technical Abstract: Two new species of mealybugs have been discovered in the Patagonia Region of Argentina collected on Nothofagus dombeyi and Stipa sp. Adult females and available immature stages of each species are described and illustrated and are compared with other mealybugs from the area.