Sattayawong, C., Uraichuen, S., & Suasa-ard, W. 2016 Larval preference and performance of the green lacewing, Plesiochrysa ramburi (Schneider) (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) on three species of cassava mealybugs (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae). Agriculture and Natural Resources 50: 460-464


  • biological control
  • natural enemies
  • Notes: The green lacewing, Plesiochrysa ramburi (Schneider) (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae), is a dominant predatory insect in cassava fields. The suitability of different cassava mealybug species as prey for Pl. ramburi is important information for mass rearing in the laboratory. Phenacoccus manihoti Matile-Ferrero, Phenacoccus madeirensis Green and Pseudococcus jackbeardsleyi (Gimpel & Miller) were compared to determine their potential as prey for Pl. ramburi larvae by testing the green lacewing's preference and performance. The results indicate that Ps. jackbeardsleyi is the most suitable diet for the mass rearing of Pl. ramburi to allow releases in integrated pest management programs.