Definition of mealybug in English:


Syllabification: meal·y·bug
Pronunciation: /ˈmēlēˌbəg
(also mealy bug)


  • A small, sap-sucking scale insect that is coated with a white, powdery wax that resembles meal. It forms large colonies and can be a serious pest, especially in greenhouses.
    • Family Pseudococcidae, suborder Homoptera: Pseudococcus and other genera
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    • They dart among flowers and lay eggs among clusters of aphids, mealy bugs, mites, scale and other pests where their larvae can feed.
    • Insects such as ants, mealy bugs and thrips have been found in 37 out of 43 shipments, which then needed fumigation.
    • Other common pests include spider mites and mealy bugs.

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