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Silverleaf Whitefly

Silverleaf Whitefly

Scientific name: Bemisia argentifolii Bellows & Perring

Synonym: Bemisia tabaci Gennadius biotype B

Common names: Silverleaf whitefly, sweet potato whitefly biotype B

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Native To: Possibly India or the Middle East (Brown et al. 1995; Perring 2001)

Date of U.S. Introduction: Bemisia tabaci was first discovered in the U.S. in 1897; a new, more aggressive strain (biotype B) was discovered in 1986, which has been proposed to be classified as a separate species B. argentifolii (Hoddle et al. 2002; Perring 2001)

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Means of Introduction: Possibly arrived with imported ornamentals (Brown et al. 1995)

Impact: Damages crops by feeding on them and transmitting viruses (McAuslane 2009)

Current U.S. Distribution:

Management Plans: Animals

Selected Internet Resources:

Federal Government

Silverleaf Whitefly: National Research, Action, and Technology Transfer Plan, 1997-2001 (PDF | 631 KB)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
Impacts; Controls; Research

Silverleaf Whitefly - TEKTRAN database
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
Research; Special Note: These are results from a search of USDA's TEKTRAN database. TEKTRAN includes summaries of recent research results from the USDA's Agricultural Research Service.

Bemisia argentifolii Article Citation Search - AGRICOLA Database
USDA. National Agricultural Library.
Research; Special Note: NAL Catalog Search (resources)

Bibliography of Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) and Bemisia argentifolii Bellows & Perring
USDA. ARS. Arid-Land Agricultural Research enter.
Research; Special Note: Electronic bibliography (various versions available for downloading)

Silverleaf Whitefly - Whitefly Knowledgebase
U.S. Department of Agriculture; University of Florida.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Life Cycle; Controls

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State Government

Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) (biotype 'Q'): A potential new biotype for Florida's vegetable and ornamental crops
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts

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Silverleaf Whitefly on Peppers - UC Pest Management Guidelines
University of California. Agriculture and Natural Resources Statewide IPM Program.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Controls; Special Note: Silverleaf Whitefly on Potato and Silverleaf Whitefly on Cotton

Silverleaf Whitefly, Bemisia argentifolii
University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution

The Biology and Management of Silverleaf Whitefly, Bemisia argentifolii Bellows and Perring (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) on Greenhouse Grown Ornamentals
University of California - Riverside. Entomology.
Identification/Description; Introduction History; Life Cycle; Controls

Sweetpotato/Silverleaf Whitefly Life Stages and Damage (PDF | 91 KB)
University of Florida. Cooperative Extension Service.
Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle

Sweetpotato Whitefly B Biotype or Silverleaf Whitefly - Featured Creatures
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences; Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Distribution; Controls; Special Note: References

Silverleaf Whitefly
University of Georgia. Entomology. Georgia Integrated Pest Management.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Controls

Bemisia argentifolii - Crop Knowledge Master
University of Hawaii. Extension Entomology and Integrated Pest Management Program.
Identification/Description; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

A Grower's Guide to Using Biological Control for Silverleaf Whitefly on Poinsettias in the Northeast United States
University of Massachusetts - Amherst. Extension.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Life Cycle; Controls

Silverleaf Whitefly - Insect and Related Pests of Vegetables
North Carolina State University. Center for Integrated Pest Management.
Identification/Description; Life Cycle; Controls

Silverleaf Whitefly - Department of Entomology Insect Note
North Carolina State University. Cooperative Extension Service.
Identification/Description; Life Cycle; Controls

Silverleaf Whitefly
Texas A&M University. Cooperative Extension.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Life Cycle; Habitat

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Silverleaf Whitefly (Bemisia tabaci species complex)
Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (Australia).
Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Controls

Bemisia tabaci - Invasive Species Compendium
Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI).
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Bemisia tabaci - Delivering Alien Invasive Species Inventories for Europe (Dec 2006; PDF | 238 KB)
European Commission. Sixth Framework Programme.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Data Sheets on Quarantine Pests: Bemisia tabaci (PDF | 49 KB)
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Impacts; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls; Special Note: Bibliography

Bemisia tabaci (insect) - ISSG Global Invasive Species Database
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

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Brown, J.K., D.R. Frohlich, and R.C. Rosell. 1995. The sweetpotato or silverleaf whiteflies: biotypes of Bemisia tabaci or a species complex? Annual Review of Entomology 40:511-534.

Hoddle, M.S., R.G. Van Driesche, and J.S. Sanderson. 2002. Biological control: a grower's guide to using biological control for silverleaf whitefly on poinsettias in the northeast United States. University of Massachusetts Extension.

McAuslane, M.J. 2009. Sweetpotato whitefly B biotype or silverleaf whitefly. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences EENY-129.

Perring, T.M. 2001. The Bemisia tabaci species complex. Crop Protection 20(9):725-737.

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Last Modified: Apr 16, 2014
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