Planococcus ficus

Vine-mealybug

Photo: Kent M Daane, University of California

  • Both mealybugs (grape and vine) are small, cryptic insects that infest all parts of the grapevine
  • Mealybugs produce large amounts of sticky honeydew that damages the fruit and foliage and leads to sooty mould
  • Infestation causes the vine to decline in vigour and production
  • Spread mainly occurs through propagation material or via movement of fruit
  • Vine mealybug is present in Europe, Africa, Middle East and parts of North and South America
  • Grape mealybug is present in Europe, Asia, New Zealand and North and South America

High priority pest of: Dried fruit, Table grapes, Wine grapes

Scientific name: Planococcus ficus
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Stink bugs, aphids, mealybugs, scale, whiteflies & hoppers (HEMIPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol