Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
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Capsicum Aleurotrachelus whitefly (168)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds

Summary

  • 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.

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