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Snow Ball Large Mealybug - Monophlebulus sp.

Family Margarodidae

This page contains pictures and information about Snow Ball Large Mealybugs that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 20mm 
The snowy white balls on stem are different in size, the largest in size is about 20mm. When we removed the white substance we saw the orange-red and blue mealy bug body.
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The female mealy bugs are wingless and look like a larva. They move around stem freely but very slowly. They can be found moving very slowing on Eucalyptus stems.
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They are common on Eucalyptus in Brisbane bushlands. They are usually alone or in small group on young stems and twigs. They seldom move although they have full functional legs. For the matured females, there is the white waxy secretions attached. Those white material will be used as egg-sac. 
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They are sap-sucker and produce honeydew. They are occasionally attended by ants.   
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All of them were found on Eucalyptus. 
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Body length 25mm  
We found some larger size mealy bugs. It seems that their white substance reduced as they grow larger.
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On this page some of those Large Mealybugs look a bit different. They could be different Monophlebulus species.  

1. A field guide to insects in Australia - By Paul Zborowski and Ross Storey, Reed New Holland, 1996, p86.
2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p173. 


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