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Scale insect / Mealybug (Coccoidea)Monophlebulus sp.

Giant Mealy Bug at Mimosa Rocks National Park

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Monophlebulus sp. at Mimosa Rocks National Park - 2 Mar 2019
Monophlebulus sp. at Mimosa Rocks National Park - 2 Mar 2019
Monophlebulus sp. at Mimosa Rocks National Park - 2 Mar 2019

Identification history

Scale insect / Mealybug (Coccoidea) Monophlebulus sp. 3 Mar 2019 KerriLee
Scale insect / Mealybug (Coccoidea) Monophlebulus sp. 3 Mar 2019 KerriLee
Unidentified 3 Mar 2019 Jackie Lambert

3 comments

KerriLee wrote:
   3 Mar 2019
As you said yesterday, this definitely looks like a bug. I can just make out the piercing mouthparts in your 3rd photo. I looks similar to Monophlebulus sp., a species we have seen in the area:
https://atlasoflife.naturemapr.org/Community/Species/Details/21136

Did it seem to have a fuzzy white coating? Here's a bit more information about mealy bugs on a website called Brisbane Insects. It's one of many different websites we use when we're trying to identify unfamiliar insects.
https://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_softbugs/SnowBallMealybug.htm
If it is Monophlbulus, it must be a young one. They reach about 20mm long as adults.
   3 Mar 2019
Yes, it did have a fuzzy white coating and I think it was dead because there were ants around it Jackie.
KerriLee wrote:
   3 Mar 2019
Perhaps it was dead, but it could also be a species that is 'ant-tended'. That is, many bugs and other plant-feeding insects have a mutually-beneficial relationship with ants. The ants get food in the form of left-over sugary syrup from the bug, and the bug is protected because ants chase away potential predators.

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Location

Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 2 Mar 2019 11:35 AM Recorded on
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