Mealybugs are small, soft-bodied insects that feed on plants and can cause damage to them. They have a white, waxy coating and can be found in gardens, greenhouses, and even indoors.
Mealybugs have a life cycle that includes eggs, nymphs, and adults, except for the long-tailed mealybug, which gives birth to live young. Before reaching adulthood, there are usually three nymph stages (instars), sometimes four.
Plants growing indoors or in greenhouses are highly susceptible to the threat of mealybugs, as the mild temperatures in these environments create an ideal breeding ground for these pests.
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