A network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests.
PestNet is a network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests. It started in 1999. Anyone with an interest in plant protection is welcome to join. PestNet is free and is moderated, ensuring that messages are confined to plant protection.
A member said that Phenacoccus solenopsis infests eggplant in Queensland and this is a possibility. It has been recorded on eggplant, hibiscus, tomato, cucurbits and several weeds. A fact sheet has been written.
However, another member said that the dark pigment is in the wrong positions on the body for P. solenopsis, which is already recorded in Guam. Later, the same person recognized the pigmentation pattern, and suspected that the mealybug was Coccidohystrix insolita(Green), but a study of slide-mounted material would be necessary to confirm the identification.
According to the literature, in the Pacific region C. insolitahas only been recorded from Western Samoa before, so it may be a new introduction to Guam. More information about this species is available at: