Family: Pseudococcidae (mealybugs)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Phylum: Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Paraneoptera > Condylognatha > Hemiptera (bugs) > Sternorryncha > Superfamily: Coccoidea

Argentine ants Linepithema humile tending mealybugs for honeydew.

Mealybugs are plant suckers and are serious pests of many agricultural crops as well as being bothersome to the gardener. They have a pink appearance and are covered by powdery 'mealy'-like wax. Like many other bugs, they produce a sugary substance called honeydew that is attractive to ants. The ants patrol the bugs and in doing so scare away predators and parasitoids thus benefiting the bugs.




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