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mealybug

[mee-lee-buhg] /ˈmi liˌbʌg/
noun
1.
any of several scalelike, homopterous insects of the families Pseudococcidae and Eriococcidae that are covered with a powdery wax secretion and feed on plants.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; mealy + bug1
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  • Heavy infestation of papaya mealybug on papaya stem.
  • The heavy use of organophosphate and carbamate insecticides to control the mealybug increases risk to workers and the environment.
  • Note the two droplets on the large mealybug in the center.

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