Tapajos, S.J., Lira, R., Silva-Torres, S.A., Torres, J.B., & Coitinho, R.L.C.B. 2016 Suitability of two exotic mealybug species as prey to indigenous lacewing species. Biological Control 96: 93–100


  • biological control
  • Notes: The Brazilian indigenous lacewing (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) species Chrysoperla externa (Hagen) and Ceraeochrysa everes (Banks) were studied against two exotic mealybug species, Ferrisia dasylirii (Cockerell) and Pseudococcus jackbeardsleyi Gimpel & Miller to assess the relative potential of these lacewing species as control agents. However, 1st-instar lacewing larvae either failed to complete development or showed lower performance when fed only 3rd-instar or adult female of mealybugs of either species. Lacewing larvae at 2nd- and 3rd-instar preyed successfully both mealybugs.