January 2013 archive

Pest of the Month November 2012 – Ficus Whitefly (Singhiella simplex) – (Pest Alert)

Distribution: Native to southeastern Asia.  Introduced to U.S. – Florida (2007), California (2012) Hosts: various Ficus species (F. bengalensis, F. benjamina, F. microcarpa), Rhododendron indica Damage: Feeding may cause yellowing of leaves, defoliation, and branch dieback.  High populations stunt growth of young trees. Field ID: adults have white wings with faint grayish-brown markings and dark …

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