Bugs (Hemiptera)

Mealy Bug bodies are flat with waxy excretions of white powdery substance. They sucking sap from the host plant through a tubular mouth that is poked into the plant.

This Mealy Bug is most likely Monophlebulus sp. The photo shows the Mealy Bug walking, not commonly seen. They are shy about showing their legs. It was photographed in Walton Bridge Reserve The Gap. They are predated by Lacewings and some Ladybirds.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Another Mealy Bug

This is probably a Mealy Bug, photographed on the stem of a Hairy Alectryon Alectryon tomentosus. Many species are considered pests.
Photo: Robert Whyte