CAB International, 2021 Phenacoccus solenopsis (cotton mealybug). CAB International Crop Protection Compendium


  • description
  • diagnosis
  • distribution
  • host
  • illustration
  • natural enemies
  • taxonomy
  • Notes: With the increase in international trade in live plant material over the last few decades this mealybug has been accidentally spread, and has been collected and identified on host material at international ports and in greenhouses outside its native range. P. solenopsis has become established as an invasive pest in the Afrotropical, Australasian, Nearctic, Neotropical, and Oriental regions. As an introduced species, P. solenopsis has the capability to cause direct economic and ecological damage to native fauna and flora, with heavy infestations reducing plant vigor and causing plant death