oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Notes on the vine mealybug (Homoptera: Coccoidea: Pseudococcidae)



An extensive survey of the mealybugs attacking vines in the southern districts of the Cape Province, recently arranged by Dr D. P. Annecke of this Institute, showed that the species predominant at vintage time is that currently known as Planococcus ficus (Signoret, 1875). The insect is not new to South Africa, having been first discovered in 1914 by De Charmoy who referred to it as Pseudococcus vitis (Niedielski, 1870). The following year Brain (191.'}), either because he was unaware of that record or because he adopted the views of other authors, listed vitis (and ficus) amongst the synonyms of Pseudococcus citri (Risso, 1813). Thenceforth the name passed to oblivion and the identity of the species was confused with that of the citrus mealybug.


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