First Record of Ashwagandha as a New Host to the Invasive Mealybug (Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley) in India

  title={First Record of Ashwagandha as a New Host to the Invasive Mealybug (Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley) in India},
  author={Ashutosh Sharma and Pratap Kumar Pati},
ABSTRACT During the post-rainy season (October-March) 2009–10, mealybugs were found on young apical parts and undersides of mature leaves of Withania sommfera (L.) Dunal (Ashwagandha) in the Amritsar region of Punjab Province. They appeared waxy and cottony-white either in clusters or solitary, and moved very little. Host leaves were sometimes deformed and shed prematurely. The mealybugs were identified as Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley (Tinsley, 1898), (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae). Ants were… 
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