Pest of the Month November 2007 – Papaya Mealybug

  • Distribution: Major Hawaiian Islands.  Native to Mexico and Central America.  Also found through the Caribbean, in Florida, and Guam.
  • Hosts: Papaya, plumeria, hibiscus, and Jatropha
  • Damage: Chlorosis (yellowing), stunting, deformation, early leaf and fruit drop, and sooty mold growing on honeydew from the mealybug.  Heavy infestations can kill the plant.
  • Biological Control: parasitic wasps, ladybugs.

Reference: Hawaii Department of Agriculture New Pest Advisory No. 04-03

Papaya Mealybug on Jatropha