The unique white 'hairs' on this tiny bug often draw attention from people. These larvae are extremely useful in pest management. Their name describes what they eat and what they can do to their prey's population.
This species was deliberately imported from Australia in 1892 to help control mealybug infestations on California citrus groves. The introduction was successful and the mealybug destroyer is bred and sold everywhere in North America.
Adult mealybug destroyers look like black lady beetles with brown heads.
Common name: Mealy Bug Destroyer Larvae
Scientific Name: Cryptolaemus montrouzieri
Other Names: Mealybug Destroyer
Adult Size (Length): 2mm to 6mm (0.08in to 0.24in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: white
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana
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