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Capsicum Aleurotrachelus whitefly (168)

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  • Widespread distribution. South and Central America, Africa, Caribbean, Oceania. On plants in potato, brassica and cucurbit families. An important pest of capsicum and kava.
  • Eggs laid in circles, nymphs are 'crawlers' at first then settle becoming oval, black, covered by curly strands of wax; adults, 2-3 mm, look like spiralling whiteflies. They produce 'honeydew' excretion.
  • Sucks plant sap; sooty moulds grow on honeydew.
  • Natural enemies: a minute wasp, Encarsia formosia, is widely used to control this whitefly.
  • Chemical control: soap, white or horticultural oils; note that most synthetic insecticides will kill natural enemies.
Common Name

Aleurotrachelus or Solanum whitefly

Scientific Name

Aleurotrachelus trachoides

AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Information from Kumar TR et al. (2016) Aleurotrachelus trachoides Back. Featured Creatures, Entomology & Nematology. UF/IFAS, University of Florida. (; CABI (2019). Aleurotrachelus trachoides. Crop Protection Compendium. ( Photos 1-8 Konrad Engelberger, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

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