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6 May 2013 First Record of Ashwagandha as a New Host to the Invasive Mealybug (Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley) in India
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During the post-rainy season (October-March) 2009–10, mealybugs were found on young apical parts and undersides of mature leaves of Withania sommfera (L.) Dunal (Ashwagandha) in the Amritsar region of Punjab Province. They appeared waxy and cottony-white either in clusters or solitary, and moved very little. Host leaves were sometimes deformed and shed prematurely. The mealybugs were identified as Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley (Tinsley, 1898), (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae). Ants were associated with the mealybug infestation. This is apparently the first record of P. solenopsis infesting Ashwagandha in India.
Ashutosh Sharma and Pratap Kumar Pati "First Record of Ashwagandha as a New Host to the Invasive Mealybug (Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley) in India," Entomological News 123(1), (6 May 2013). https://doi.org/10.3157/021.123.0114
Received: 18 June 2012; Accepted: 1 November 2012; Published: 6 May 2013
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