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Vineyard Mealybugs

Updates on grape and vine mealybug development in Napa County vineyards

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Vine mealybug update

Vine mealybug was monitored at a Carneros vineyard on April 29, 2014. 

This edition of the UCCE-Napa County VMB newsletter contains: 

Update on VMB populations

Male VMB flight

Photo documentation of biological control with Anagyrus pseudococci

Photo guide to identification of various VMB life stages

PDF 5/1/14
Grape Mealybug Update

On Monday, March 24, I monitored grape mealybug populations at a vineyard in Oakville. 

I found 1st and 2nd instar nymphs on one year old wood. No GMB nymphs were found on the permanent wood or on leaves. Sampling techniques for GMB are demonstrated in the Grape Mealybug Spring Monitoring video

Spring insecticide treatments can be an effective means to control GMB populations. An effective treatment is timed to occur when crawlers are present and somewhat exposed (on one year old wood and leaves) in early spring. 

PDF 3/26/14
Vine Mealybug Update

The results of the Napa County 2013 VMB Trapping Program are now available as downloadable maps on the Agricultural Commissioner's website.

All vineyard acreage in Napa County was trapped at a density of 25 traps per square mile, to more accurately detect VMB populations in new areas and to track resident populations. This program is supported by funding from the Napa County Wine grape Pest and Disease Control District. 

A reminder that we are likely to have another "early" year for VMB. Sampling in Carneros on Jan 8, 2014 revealed mostly 1st instar nymphs (40.6%), but 2nd instar (21.2%) and 3rd instar (14.5%) nymphs were also found, as were females (12.7%) and ovisacs (10.9%). 

Careful monitoring of VMB is highly encouraged. Large populations with overlapping generations can be very challenging to control. Multiple, early intervention strategies--targeted insecticides, mating disruption, parasitoid and predator releases--can keep VMB populations low. Rotation of insecticidal materials is also highly encouraged to decrease the potential for resistance to develop and to protect products for future use. 

PDF 2/28/14
Grape mealybug update

Early spring monitoring techniques for Grape Mealybug

This is a great time of year to develop and implement a grape mealybug sampling program. Crawlers of the overwintering generation should be hatching and moving to the spurs or canes and onto leaves as shoots grow. 

Lucia Varela, UC IPM Advisor for the North Coast and Rhonda Smith, UCCE Viticulture Advisor, have developed a short video that describes the GMB life cycle, identifies targeted sampling areas, and demonstrates techniques for monitoring.

http://ucanr.edu/gmb spring monitoring video

PDF 2/7/14
Grape mealybug update

We found 1st and 2nd instar GMB in clusters in Oakville and Rutherford. Follow newsletter link for details and photographs. 

 

PDF 7/17/13
Grape mealybug update

Emily and I checked GMB populations in Pope Valley today (HOT). 

The most prevalent life stage was 1st instar GMB under the bark (one on a leaf). They were hatching from the eggs as we watched (COOL). We also found some eggs that have not hatched yet. 

Because of the small size of the 1st instar nymphs, they can be difficult to see without a hand lens. 

 

PDF 7/2/13
Vine mealybug update

Sampled VMB at a vineyard in Carneros today. I found mostly 2nd instar VMB (63%) and 3rd instar VMB (22%). I also found a few females, one ovisac and one 1st instar. 

Biological control agents (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri and Anagyrus pseudococci) have been released in this vineyard. I found evidence of parasitism (mummies and empty mummies) and 2 mealybug destroyer larvae.  

PDF 6/12/13
Grape mealybug update

Trap counts for our GMB monitoring traps in Oakville/St Helena show that the 1st GMB male flight is over. 

We found mainly mature female GMB and ovisacs in visual surveys in Pope Valley vineyards on June 6. 

PDF 6/11/13
VMB Update for May 9, 2013

We are finding mostly 1st instar nymphs (crawlers) at a sampling site in Carneros. We also found new eggs in ovisacs. This is indicative of a new generation that is currently hatching.

We found most nymphs under the bark, and a few on the leaves. Other growers have reported finding some portion of the population on the leaves in Carneros. 

PDF 5/9/13
Grape mealybug report

Last week, on April 17, in Oakville, we found 1st and 2nd instar GMB under the loose bark of spurs and canes. 

At this time of year, they are moving between the leaves and the loose bark of spurs and canes, as this generation develops. 

PDF 4/23/13
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