Homopteran and mite pests of papaya and their control

Jorge E. Pena, Alberto Pantoja, Lance Osborne, Rita Duncan, Martha De De Coss -Flores, Charles Meister, Susan Halbert, Greg Evans, Avas Hammon


Homopteran pests in papaya fields in Florida, include mealybugs, Paracoccus marginatus Williams and Granara de Willink, soft scales Philephedra tuberculosa Nakahara and Gill, Coccus hesperidum L. and armored scales, Aspidiotus destructor, Acutaspis sp., Hemiberlesia sp., aphids, Myzus persicae (Sulzer) and Lipaphis erysimi (Katenbach), leafhoppers, Empoasca stevensi Young and whiteflies Trialeurodes variabilis and mite pests Tetranychus spp., Polyphagotarsonemus latus. The frequency the homopterans in commercial papaya fields in Homestead, FL was investigated between November 2000 to October 2001. Results from chemical control tests against scales, mealybugs, and mites in papaya are reported.


caricaceae; paracoccus; philephedra; coccus; aspidiotus; hemiberlesia; empoasca; tetranychus; polyphagotarsonemus latus

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283

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