Long Tailed Mealybug

Long Tailed Mealybug (Pseudococcus longispinus) adults are 3-4mm long with mealy wax cover and long tail filaments (as long as or longer than the body). When squashed, the body fluids are seen to be pale yellow. The honeydew produced by mealybugs encourages the growth of sooty mould, which downgrades fruit quality, and in severe cases lowers general tree health. Mealybugs are often found in sheltered sites.