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Silverleaf Whitefly

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Silverleaf Whitefly
Scientific Name:
Bemisia tabaci Gennadius biotype B (CABI)
Bemisia argentifolii Bellows & Perring (CABI)
Common Name:
Silverleaf whitefly (SLWF), sweet potato whitefly biotype B
Silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia argentifolii, one-sixteenth-inch long - Scott Bauer; USDA, Agricultural Research Service
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)
Means of Introduction:
Possibly arrived with imported ornamentals (Brown et al. 1995)
Damages crops by feeding on them and transmitting viruses (McAuslane 2015)

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status


Selected Resources

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European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.

International Government

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Australia). 
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia).

State and Local Government

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.
See also: Plant Industry Pest Alerts for more pests


University of Hawaii. Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. Integrated Pest Management Program.
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY129
University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.
University of California. Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program.