Abd-Rabou, S. 2008a Biological control of Saccharicoccus sacchari (Coccoidea: Pseudococcidae) on sugar cane in Egypt using imported and indigenous natural enemies.. Proceedings of the XI International Symposium on Scale Insect Studies, Oeiras, Portugal, 24-27 September 2007. ISA Press Lisbon, Portugal 322 pp.
Notes: Abstract: The pink sugarcane mealybug, Saccharicoccus sacchari (Cockerell) (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) is one of the most important pests attacking sugar cane in Egypt. Natural enemies play an important role in controlling this species. The present work deals with (a) the seasonal abundance of indigenous natural enemies in sugar cane fields during 2005-2006. Anagyrus saccharicola Timberlake (Hymenoptera, Encyrtidae) is considered the most abundant parasitoid on this pest. This work also deals with (b) the imported predator, namely, Hyperaspis trilineata Mulsant (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). A total 200,000 adult beetles were reared on Saccharum officinarum. The predator was released 12 times at the rate of thirty nodes (each 60cm) from one square meter. These results indicated that H. trilineata increased, while the population of S. sacchari consequently decreased during the period of experiment.