n African Entomology - Is there a link between developmental rate and occasional dominance of the oleander mealybug, (Brain) (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae), on citrus in South Africa? : research article

Volume 18, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



The oleander mealybug, (Brain), is a pest of citrus in South Africa. This study was carried out to determine the effect of temperature on development rate of and to investigate whether development rate may explain why is outcompeting the citrus mealybug, (Risso), in the Eastern and Western Cape Provinces of South Africa. The influence of temperature on life history traits of was determined at 20, 22, 25 and 27 °C and compared with corresponding data for from other studies. The rate of development increased linearly with an increase in rearing temperature in the embryonic, first instar and pupal stages but reached a climax at 26.13 and 28.6 °C in the second instar of both species, respectively. exhibited lower developmental thresholds except in the first instar, shorter degree-days and faster developmental rates than . Results of the current study indicate that the dominance of oleander mealybug over the citrus mealybug is linked neither to developmental rates nor sum of effective temperatures.

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