Recovery of the Exotic Parasitoid Pseudleptomastix mexicana Noyes and Schauff (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) on the Invasive Papaya Mealybug, Paracoccus marginatus Williams And Granara De Willink in India


  • National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects, Bangalore, 560 024, India
  • Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Division of Entomology and Nematology, Bangalore, 560 089, India
  • College of Agriculture, AICRP on Biological Control, Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Pune, 411 005, India


The encyrtid Pseudleptomastix mexicana Noyes and Schauff was recovered for the first time from the papaya mealybug, Paracoccus marginatus Williams and Granara de Willink in India in 2011-12 after 10 to 20 months of release in Bangalore and also in Pune in April 2012. However, parasitism by P. mexicana on P. marginatus did not exceed more than five per cent in both the locations.


Pseudleptomastix mexicana, Parasitoid, Papaya mealybug, Paracoccus marginatus.

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