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Life stages of Mealy bug

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Egg: The female lays numerous yellowish white eggs/ simply deposits nymphs in outer leaf sheaths.

Nymph: The newly hatched nymphs crowded within the waxy threads for 6-10 h before they disperse to various parts of the same plant. The pale yellowish nymph is active and crawls about the plant for a while and settled itself on the plant/ stem and turns dark yellow after a day. Body gets covered with waxy material on second day.

Adult: Nymphs and adults being wingless look alike. Females are reddish, oval, soft-bodied living in colonies inside the leaf sheath. Males are small, slender, pale-yellow, having single pair of wings and a style like process at the end of the abdomen but lack mouthparts. Males are seldom found in the colonies, so it reproduces parthenogenetically.

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ZARS, Mandya
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