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Sugarcane Sap and Foliage Feeders :: Major Pests :: Mealybug


3. Mealybug: Saccharicoccus sacchari (Pseudococcidae: Hemiptera)
Distribution and status: Sugarcane growing areas
Host range: Sugarcane, reeds and some grasses

Damage symptoms
Pinkish oval insects beneath leaf sheath on the nodes, with whitish mealy coating. Sooty mould develops on the plant.  Main cane stunted; roots also attacked.


Female lays yellowish, smooth, cylindrical eggs. Within few hours the eggs become soft and elongated and soon the nymph emerges. Newly emerged nymphs are quite active with a pinkish transparent body. Nymphal period 2-3 weeks. Adults are white with mealy coating, sessile.  Life of adult female is 3-5 days. The entire life cycle is completed in about a month. The pest completes several generations in a year.



    • Use resistant varieties: CO 439, CO 443, CO 720, CO 730 and CO 7704
    • Detrash on 150 and 210 DAP
    • Drain excess water 
    • Spray methyl parathion 50 EC or malathion 50 EC 1000 ml 1000 L water/ ha