Whitefly

Common Name: Whitefly

Scientific Family Classification: Aleyrodidae

Species: About 1550 species

Identification:

  • Moth-like insects with powdery white wings and short antenna.
  • Nymph are of over flattened and has an appearance of almost scale-like
  • Immature stages are of pale, almost translucent, and blends with the colour of the leave it attached. Similar to scale insect.
  • Veins are not apparent because of the white scale.
  • Reproduces rapidly and in very high densities.
  • Non-fertilized eggs produce males, fertilized eggs produce females

Damage to plants:

  • Chlorosis
  • Releases honeydew and at the same time does releases various viruses to host plant and causes sooty mold to plant
  • Stunted growth, leave yellowing and reduce yield.

Natural Enemy:

  • Ladybirds
  • Lacewings larvae
  • Small wasps of the Aphelinae family

Remedy: