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Pacific Pests, Pathogens, Weeds & Pesticides

Sugarcane whitefly (245)

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  • Widespread distribution. Asia, Africa, Oceania. On sugarcane, bamboo, sorghum and grasses. A minor pest.
  • Light green egg masses on undersides of leaves; oval brown nymphs; adults with black bands on wings. Produce honeydew; ants often present attracted to the honeydew excreta.
  • Biocontrol: several tiny wasps, and ladybird beetles; but natural enemies need ant removal to be effective.
  • Cultural control: destroy ant colonies with hot water.
  • Chemical control: use soap, white or horticultural oils. Use synthetic pyrethroids to kill ants.
Common Name

 Sugarcane whitefly

Scientific Name

Neomaskellia bergii

AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Information from Evans GA (2007) The whiteflies (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) of the world and the host plants and natural enemies USDA/APHIS. Version 070606. Photos 1-3 National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, ICAR, India.

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