Host plants: Dialeurodes citri is polyphagous; among citrus species and varieties it prefers orange and easy peeler cultivars. Morphology: The. Dialeurodes citri (Riley et Howard) (Coutin R. / OPIE) Damage on lemon Leaves are curved and the underside is coated with honeydew and sooty moulds. Dialeurodes citri first appeared in California in , but never became a serious pest (Kennett et al. ). Citrus whitefly was found in France around

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Aleyrodidae Introduction – Distribution – Description – Identification – Life History and Habits – Hosts – Damage – Management – Cutri References Introduction Back to Top The citrus whitefly, Dialeurodes citri Ashmeadwas once the most important citrus pest in Florida, but today it ranks below the snow scale, citrus rust mite, and several others. The adults of both sexes have two pairs of wings covered with a white, powdery wax which gives the insects their common name.

Another key that covers 16 species of whiteflies that may infest Florida citrus was developed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Plant Industry, and uses color photographs of nymphs to assist in identification. Nymphs Nymphal stages are sub-elliptical in shape and almost flattened; they can be easily mistaken for young scale insects, but they have a well-marked vasiform orifice.

Dialeurodes citri (citrus whitefly)

It is creamy-yellow, 0. In North America, citrus whitefly is found in the southeastern United States, from Florida west to Texas and north to Virginia, and also in California. Some reported records of D. Also, fruit covered with sooty mold will be retarded in ripening and late in coloring, especially the upper part, which may remain green after the lower portion has assumed the color of ripe fruit.


These fungi are generally present in all citrus groves in Florida and increase in numbers when the proper environmental conditions prevail.

Citrus whitefly, Dialeurodes citri Ashmeadis a polyphagous invasive whitefly of Asian origin that was once a major pest of citrus in the United States, as well as infesting a range of other plants.

Introductions may be achieved using either the ‘bouquets’ or the ‘small plants’ methods: Slovenskega posvetovanja o varstvu rastlin z mednarodno udelezbo, 3. Whitefly of citrus in Florida. The female lays her pale yellow eggs scattered singly on the underside of leaves, particularly young ones. Morphology of the 4th-stage larvae winter citir and summer larvae of Dialeurodes citri Ash.

Taxonomic Tree Top of page Domain: The operculum almost fills the vasiform orifice, concealing the tip of the lingula. University of Florida [Click thumbnail to enlarge. Nymphs are difficult to see or identify. Heavily-infested trees become weak and produce small crops of insipid fruit.

Aphelinidaean exotic parasite introduced into Italy for the biological control of Dialeurodes citri Ashm.

ccitri When applied in late April to early May they kill the developing eggs, and in early June they affect the molting pest. Antennae and legs are well developed. Further injury is caused by sooty mold fungus which grows over fruit and foliage in the copious amount of honeydew excreted by the whitefly.

Morphology, biology and utilisation of Prospaltella lahorensis How. Cast skin top of citrus whitefly Figure 4. Egyptian Journal of Biological Pest Control 9: The cultures were lost due to the lack of suitable host stages for reproduction. Dialeurodess control in subtropical and tropical crops. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status.

Biological Control of Citrus Whitefly < dialeurodes citri

Tracheal folds are evident. Aleyrodidae infesting imported Citrus under glass in Britain.

Some important species are the red fungus Aschersonia aleyrodis Webber and the brown fungus Aegerita webberi Fawcett. Journal of Applied Entomology, 4: Dedicated naturalists volunteer their time and resources here to provide this service. Early in the spring pupae appear, and in March and April adults emerge. Spring and autumn appear to be the best seasons for introducing E.


Report diaaleurodes a trip to India and the Orient in search of the natural enemies of the citrus white fly. Encarsia lahorensis is regarded as the most efficient parasitoid of D. Please consider a year-end gift to BugGuide! Trials have been conducted in Israel for the use of the insect growth regulators, buprofezin and pyriproxyfen.

Title Infestation on citrus plant Caption Citrus shoot seriously infested by ovipositing adults. Aleyrodidae introduced into Corfu.

Robert Lord Zimlich [Click thumbnail to enlarge. The adult lives an average of about 10 days, but has been known to live for as long as 27 days.

Whitefly of the World. This invasive whitefly has come under virtually complete biological control, dialeuroces least on citrus, due the influence of the introduced parasitoid Encarsia lahorensis Howard. Clitostethus arcuatus Rossi Coleoptera, Coccinellidae – a predator of citrus whitefly in Adzharia.

Egg The egg of D.

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Seasonal population fluctuations of Serangium parcesetosum Coleoptera: A study of the biology of Aschersonia aleyrodis Webber. Adult The body is creamy-yellow, with white wings that are 0. Adults of citrus whitefly, Dialeurodes citri Figure 2.

Cihrifor control of citrus whitefly Homoptera: Biological control attempts were begun in when the U.