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Nipaecoccus viridis on citrus

Nipaecoccus viridis on citrus

Nipaecoccus viridis, known as the hibiscus mealybug or lebbeck mealybug, is native to Asia but was first spotted in Florida in 2009. Since then it has been found on various host plants, but in late 2018 it was first identified infesting citrus groves. The mealybugs’ cryptic feeding behavior, including under the sepals on citrus fruits make them easy to miss. Shown here, a portion of the sepal is cut away to reveal the mealybugs beneath. (Image originally published in Diepenbrock and Ahmend 2020, Journal of Integrated Pest Management)

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