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Subject: Bamboo mealybugTrionymus lumpurensis Takahashi reported in Florida
Date posted: November 19, 2002
Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Pest Alert
The bamboo mealybug (BM,Trionymus lumpurensis Takahashi) was found for the first time in Florida. This is also a new report for the continental United States. Since the initial detection on Bambusa sp. 'Ole Hammi' in August of 2002 additional detections on this same type of bamboo were reported. The bamboo mealybug resembles the pink hibiscus mealybug (PHM, Maconellicoccus hirsutus) but PHM is not a pest on bamboo. The economic impact of BM is not yet known. New shoots are most susceptible to damage. Initial infestations may be hard to detect.