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Nature 169, 377 - 378 (01 March 1952); doi:10.1038/169377a0

Discovery of Cryptolæmus montrouzieri Mulsant (Coccinellidæ, Coleoptera, Insecta) in Bangalore, South India


Division of Entomology, Department of Agriculture, Bangalore. Nov. 28.

Cryptolæmus montrouzieri Mulsant (Coccinellidæ, Coleoptera), which was imported in 1892 by Albert Koebele1 into California from Australia to attack the citrus mealybugs, is a well-known predator on different mealybugs and is second in importance only to Rodolia cardinalis Mulsant. A considerable literature has accumulated on its importation into and colonization later in various countries such as France, Italy, Egypt, Philippines, Hawaii, etc., for dealing with various mealybug pests, particularly Pseudococcus spp. attacking different plants.

  1. Essig, E. O. , "Insects of Western North America", 415 (Macmillan Co., New York, 1926).
  2. Williams, Francis X. , "Handbook of Insects and other Invertebrates of Hawaiian Sugarcane Fields", 185 (Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1931).

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