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Pink Hibiscus Mealybug

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Pink Hibiscus Mealybug
Female Pink Hibiscus Mealybug, Female - David Hall USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Scientific Name: 
Maconellicoccus hirsutus (Green, 1908) (ITIS; name is valid but unverified)
Common Name: 
Pink hibiscus mealybug, pink mealybug, hirsutus mealybug
Native To: 
Date of U.S. Introduction: 
1984 in Hawaii; 1999 in California (Roltsch et al. 2006); 2002 in Florida (Hoy et al. 2003)
Means of Introduction: 
Unknown; possibly with imported cargo or passenger luggage (Sagarra and Peterkin 1999)
Destroys crops and ornamental plants (Hoy et al. 2003)

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

USDA. FS. Northern Research Station.

Select the non-indigenous forest pest to view maps depicting state and county distribution. Produced by: USDA, FS, Forest Health Protection, and its partners.

USDA. APHIS. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey. National Agricultural Pest Information System.


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.


Google. YouTube; Jamaica Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Pink Hibiscus Mealybug.


USDA. APHIS. PPQ. CPHST. Identification Technology Program.

See also: Citrus Resource
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

North Central Integrated Pest Management Center.

See also: Pest Alerts for more resources

Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.
State and Local Government

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.

See also: Plant Industry Pest Alerts for more pests
California Department of Food and Agriculture.

University of Florida. IFAS Extension. Miami-Dade County.

See also: Ornamental Entomology for more pests

University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
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