Natural Enemies of Mealybugs

  • A. N. Shylesha
  • M. Mani


Mealybugs are found attacked by various natural enemies in nature. The outbreak of mealybugs was observed in many instances with the application of broad-spectrum insecticides, which might have disturbed the activity of natural enemies particularly parasitoids and predators. This clearly indicates the importance of natural enemies in the regulatory role of the mealybug population. In fact, there is a very rich natural complex on arboreal mealybugs, but there is a poor natural enemy complex, particularly natural predators or parasites on root mealybugs. Withdrawal of insecticides results in the reappearance of natural enemies, thereby regulating the mealybug population. The natural enemies of the pests can be divided into three categories depending on how they feed on the pests. They are predators, parasitoids or pathogens.


Natural Enemy Parasitic Wasp Entomopathogenic Nematode Nymphal Stage Nymphal Instar 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ICAR-National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insect ResourcesBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Indian Institute of Horticultural ResearchBangaloreIndia

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