Planococcus citri, the citrus mealybug, is an important sap-feeding pest insect in tropical climates
A side view of Planococcus citri, the citrus mealybug, shows the beak the insect uses to feed on plant juices.
Planococcus citri - citrus mealybug.
Planococcus citri mealybug eggs hatch into mobile nymphs.
The underside of a citrus mealybug (Planococcus citri) reveals the insect's functional- if small- walking legs.
Planococcus citri, the citrus mealybug, is an important sap-feeding pest insect in tropical climates worldwide.
A Lasius (Acanthomyops) arizonicus citronella ant tends to a mealybug in an underground nest.
Huachuca Mountains, Arizona, USA
An Acropyga goeldii worker carries a mealybug.
Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Technomyrmex albipes - white-footed ant tending to a mealybug (Pseudococcidae) for honeydew.
Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia
A Crematogaster acrobat ant worker tends eucalypt scale insects for honeydew.
Harrietville, Victoria, Australia
Linepithema humile Argentine ants tend to mealybugs.
Myrmelachista workers with brood and mealybugs inside a domatium of a Tococa plant.
Jatun Sacha reserve, Napo, Ecuador
Monomorium floricola ranks among the most traveled of all ants. This diminutive species has spread with human commerce to nearly every lowland tropical region. Here, a worker tends to a mealybug in Panama.
Isla Contadora, Panama
Lasius (Acanthomyops) californicus citronella ants with their underground "cattle": mealybugs that produce honeydew.
Mojave National Preserve, California, USA
The hollow stem of a Cecropia tree houses a colony of fierce Azteca alfari ants. Here, a worker carries a larva to safety after the photographer disturbs the nest. Note the mealybugs at lower-left, which the ants tend for honeydew.
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