PEST ALERT: A New Whitefly in Florida

A new whitefly was identified from a heavily infested Ixora hedge a in residential area of St. Petersburg, FL.

The scientific name is: Asiothrixus antidesmae (previously Aleurothrixus antidesmae).

Is an AsNew whitefly in Floridaian species known in the New World only from Puerto Rico and Guadeloupe.

Symptoms: 

Infested plants may become covered by wax  produced by the whitefly and by black sooty molds that proliferate on honeydew excreted by the whitefly.

Host plants: 

Currently found only in Ixora sp. There is no known predator or parasitoid of A. antidesmae.

The original Pest Alert was released by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS): Read the alert Here 

Contact:

Ian Stocks, Ian.Stocks@FreshFromFlorida.com, Taxonomic Entomologist, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry. Phone: 352-395-4677