Pseudococcidae (mealybugs) are sap-sucking insects acting as a vector for several plant diseases and secreting a powdery wax layer as protection.
Mealybugs damage crops in a variety of ways. Pupae and females drink the sap of the plant, slowing growth and causing deformation and yellowing of the leaves, sometimes with subsequent leaf fall. The overall effect is a weakening of photosynthesis and hence a decrease in yield.
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