What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Daniel – Strange White Bug
Location: Hawthorne, CA
February 2, 2013 10:15 pm
Hi Daniel,
I’m pretty sure the little fat dark things in this photo are aphids, but cannot figure out what the white bug is. Can you please help?
Signature: Thanks, Anna Carreon


Hi Anna,
We cannot make out details in the black bugs to confirm if they are Aphids, but we do know that the white bug is a Mealybug, a common pest on a broad variety of plants.  You can find numerous images of Mealybugs on BugGuide and the University of Minnesota Entomology website has a nice page on them as well.  You should try to get rid of them while there are only a few.

Hi Daniel,
Well, I certainly should have known that.  Thanks very much and I’ll go out and take care of that this morning!

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: California

3 Responses to Mealybug

  1. kingha says:

    Maybe a Pseudococcus sp. – a long tailed one 🙂

  2. Mary says:

    Do mealybugs bite? Was bit (felt like it was sucking on me) by a bug similar to this.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *