EFSA Panel, P.L.H. 2021e Pest categorisation of Phenacoccus solenopsis. EFSA Journal doi: 10.2903/j.efsa.2021.6801


  • biology
  • dispersal
  • distribution
  • host
  • taxonomy
  • Notes: Phenacoccus solenopsis has recently been reported from Cyprus, Greece and Italy. This mealybug is a polyphagous pest, feeding on about 300 plant species. It usually feeds on aerial plant parts, especially new growth, but also occurs on roots, and is often associated with ants. It is an economically important pest of ornamentals, such as hibiscus and lantana, glasshouse vegetable crops, mainly bell pepper, tomato and eggplant, and field crops, such as cotton,