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Bioecology of Rice Mealy Bug
1. The bugs reproduce by ovipary and by parthenogenetic vivipary.
2. Eggs are laid and nymphs emerge concurrently and are covered by a distinct waxy and powdery coating.
3. The nymphs remain in immobile positions between the leaf sheaths and stem.
4. Ants frequently visit the mealy bug infested plants and are also found to carry the bugs to un-infested plants.
INSECT PEST MANAGEMENT IN RICE IN INDIA . PASALU et.al., DIRECTORATE OF RICE RESEARCH RAJENDRANAGAR, HYDERABAD-30, A.P., INDIA
FIELD MANAGEMENT OF INSECT PESTS OF RICE - A READY RECKONER. TECHNICAL BULLETIN NO.46, DIRECTORATE OF RICE RESEARCH, RAJENDRANAGAR