Pérez-Rodríguez, J., Miksanek, J.R., Selfa, J., Martínez-Blay, V., Soto, A., Urbaneja, A., & Tena, A. 2019 Field evaluation of Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mulsant) (Coleoptera:Coccinellidae) as biological control agent of the mealybug Delottococcus aberiae De Lotto (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae). Biological Control doi.org/10.1016/j.biocontrol.2019.104027


  • biological control
  • natural enemies
  • Notes: We conducted a two-year field study in nine citrus orchards located in eastern Spain in order to describe the population dynamics of D. aberiae and C. montrouzieri and evaluate the effect of the predator on D. aberiae using different approaches. Based on our two years of data, C. montrouzieri was not able to regulate D. aberiae on its own or prevent the damages produced by the mealybug but might become a valuable addition to the natural enemy guild when combined with other natural enemies and rational control measures.