Whitefly

Trialeurodes vaporariorum

Appearance

Image of White Fly (Drosophila melanogaster) | Rentokil Pest Control Ireland
  • Adults – 1.5 – 3mm in length. They are white and resemble wedge–shaped moths.

Lifecycle

  • The females lay eggs on the leaf surface which hatch 10 days.
  • The newly hatched nymphs crawl over the surface of the leaf until they find a suitable place for feeding and settle. They remain there until pupation.
  • They can live between 30 and 70 days.

Habits

  • Adults are found on the younger leaves and deposit eggs in this level. Pupae and emerging adults are located at the lowest leaf level.
  • They cause damage by sucking the sap from the plants.