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.


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


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



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Posted: March 28, 2016

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: 2016, Insecto, New Pest, New Whitefly, Nueva Mosca Blanca, Nueva Plaga, Ornamentals

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