Aleyrodidae

Pronunciation:  [A·le·ROAD·i·dae]

Common Name:  Whiteflies

Description:  Adult whiteflies are very small, moth-like insects with a white, powdery wax that covers the entire body and wings.   They are commonly found as pests of citrus or greenhouse plants where they feed on the underside of leaves.  The immature stages are sessile and scale-like in appearance, often with a fringe of waxy fibers surrounding the body.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Prominent antennae
  2. Less than 3 mm in length
  3. Body and wings covered with dusty white wax
  4. Wings held roof-like over the body

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Order:  Hemiptera, suborder Homoptera