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Tropicaltoba

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Bug identification?
« on: August 15, 2023, 01:44:44 PM »
I was hoping people could confirm if this was a mealybug destroyer larvae. I live in Canada in the prairies and took my plants out of my greenhouse cause they were infested with mealy bugs. About 6 weeks later I see a couple of these moving very quickly along a plant. I am curious how it would have gotten here, could it be something else?


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Re: Bug identification?
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2023, 05:38:41 PM »
Definitely destroyer.

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Re: Bug identification?
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2023, 06:16:43 PM »
Yes, the destroyer larva look like bigger, uglier, fast-moving mealybugs. You are in luck to have them appear on their own.  I tried introducing them repeatedly into my greenhouse but they never took hold, though once I got a couple of generations before they died out.

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Re: Bug identification?
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2023, 07:33:29 AM »
Thanks for confirming. It weird that they showed up seeing as though they are native to Australia and it can go down to -40 here. I donít know of anyone around me who has a collection of tropical plants who would have released some into the wild. I personally did order some about 7 years ago before I had my greenhouse when I had an infested coffee bean tree, but otherwise I hadnít even seen a mealybug for 6 years.

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Re: Bug identification?
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2023, 03:16:29 PM »
You are lucky!   I have been fighting the same mealybug infestation for five years now.

 

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