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Description and Seasonal Abundance of the Tea Mealybug, <I>Pseudococcus viburni </I>(<I>Affinis</I>) (Signoret) (Homoptera: Pseudococcidae) Found on Tea in Iran

Author(s): Habib Abbasipour | A. Taghavi

Journal: Journal of Entomology
ISSN 1812-5670

Volume: 4;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 474;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Camellia sinensis var. sinensis | Tea | Pseudococcus viburni | Pseudococcidae | North of Iran

Pseudococcus viburni (affinis) (Signoret) was recorded as dominant species from tea gardens of Mazandaran and Guilan provinces of north of Iran. This species is collected from all of tea gardens, where it was found infesting tea plants (Camellia sinensis var. sinensis) and some other host plants. Description of adult female and different instars of tea mealybug is given. In tea gardens of north of Iran, tea mealybug density increased rapidly to an early peak in April, followed by a decline and then a low, but steady density for remainder of the season until there was another decline in November. Across the tea gardens monitored, four generations per year are indicated by peaks in crawler density.]]>
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