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15 October 2015 First Report of the Mealybug Formicococcus polysperes (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) Infesting Ginger in India
D. M. Firake, S. Joshi, G. T. Behere, G. Momin, N. S. Azad Thakur, S. V. Ngachan
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The mealybug Formicococcus polysperes Williams (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) is here reported for the first time attacking ginger rhizomes (Zingiber officinale Roscoe (Zingiberaceae)) in Meghalaya State of India. Plants infested by the sap-sucking nymphs and adults of this mealybug turned yellow within 1 to 2 weeks and then started drying from the tip downwards. Infested rhizomes shriveled and eventually dried out. Fields and a nearby storage facility experienced up to 48% crop loss due to the infestation. In this paper we describe the plant damage and the morphological characteristics of F. polysperes from Meghalaya.

D. M. Firake, S. Joshi, G. T. Behere, G. Momin, N. S. Azad Thakur, and S. V. Ngachan "First Report of the Mealybug Formicococcus polysperes (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) Infesting Ginger in India," Entomological News 125(3), 179-185, (15 October 2015). https://doi.org/10.3157/021.125.0305
Received: 19 February 2015; Accepted: 1 July 2015; Published: 15 October 2015
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