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hibiscus mealybug (Nipaecoccus viridis) adult female

Closeup of small, flat ovular mealybug on a green surface. Bug is fuzzy, with faint horizontal lines in the fuzzy white coating that indicate segmentation on its body. Scale bar indicates the bug is no more than 3 millimeters long and 2 mm wide.

The invasive hibiscus mealybug (Nipaecoccus viridis) has been documented on 51 host plants in Florida—so far. A new guide in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management provides one of the first in-depth looks at this emerging pest. Shown here is an adult female hibiscus mealybug. (Photo by David Olabiyi, originally published in Olabiyi et al 2023, Journal of Integrated Pest Management)

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