- 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