Honeydew excreted by this mealybug results in the development of sooty mold
that covers the leaves, fruit and stems, impeding photosynthesis and gaseous exchange.
As inefficient insect feeders, sap falls to objects below and is typically colonized by sooty mold
fungi that turn the objects black.
Affected leaves may be stippled yellow and covered by black sooty mold
The leaves were cupped upwards and covered with sooty mold
They excrete excess sap as a sticky, clear honeydew, coating the leaves and providing a growing ground for unsightly sooty mold
growth can negatively impact herbivores, including aphids, by reducing host plant quality (Way 1963, Wood et al.
Unsightly black sooty mold
later grows on the honeydew, causing further annoyance to homeowners.
The trees also become blackened with a fungus called sooty mold
as a result.
Adding insult to injury, it leaves behind a sugary substance that makes an ideal growth medium for sooty mold
on host plants.
Georgia farmers had more than 500 acres rejected because of discoloration and sooty mold
due to the feeding activity of this insect.
Nymphs feed on the plant, causing a black sooty mold
that makes strawberries unmarketable.
The CSIs excrete thick sooty molds
that grow on the coconut honeydew covering the underside of the coconut leaves, blocking their openings, suffocating the leaves, preventing them from producing food for the tree and continuously siphoning off the plant sap with their specialized mouthparts, causing the yellowing or chlorosis, wilting, premature nutfall and totally killing the coconut trees," said Ungab.