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Silverleaf Whitefly

Scientific Name

Bemisia tabaci Gennadius biotype B (CABI)

Common Name

Silverleaf whitefly (SLWF), sweet potato whitefly biotype B


Bemisia argentifolii Bellows & Perring (CABI)

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)

Silverleaf Whitefly
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Silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia argentifolii, one-sixteenth-inch long


Scott Bauer; USDA, Agricultural Research Service

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