Newly host plants of cotton mealybug Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) in Egypt

Document Type : Original Article


Plan Protection Res. Ins., Agric Res Center, Dokki Giza


A new mealybug(Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley) appeared recently in Egypt from 2013 to 2015 and has attained the status pest on wide range of host plants. It was recorded on 29 host plant species including field crops (3), vegetables (3),  ornamentals (7), weeds (13), fruits (3). These plants belong to the families of Amarantheceae, Asteraceae, Buddleiaceae, Compositae, Fabaceae, Lauraceae, Malvaceae, Moraceae, Myrtaceae, Pedaliaceae, Poaceae, Portulacaceae, Rosaceae, Solanaceae, Verbenaceae and Zygophyliaceae.