Story: Viticulture

Mealybugs

Mealybugs are sap-sucking insects that transmit viruses from grapevine to grapevine. The three species that infest New Zealand vineyards are similar in appearance – soft-bodied insects about the size and shape of a grain of rice. Their body is covered in a powdery white wax that extends into a fringe of filaments at the edge, and two large projections at their rear.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Viticulture - Pests and diseases', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/18319/mealybugs (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Nov 2008