oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Drosica abjectella Wlk. (Lepidoptera: Tineidae) a predator on pineapple mealybug, Dysmicoccus brevipes Ckll. (Homoptera: Coccidae)

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



During recent investigations on pineapples, larvae of the tineid Drosica abjectella Wlk., were found to be feeding on pineapple mealybug (Dysmicoccus brevipes Ckll.) in the Eastern Transvaal, South Africa. This predatory habit was first observed in February, 1953 in a pinery of the Citrus and Sub-tropical Horticultural Research Station, Nelspruit.

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