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Whiteflies

Adult whiteflies are extremely small insects with white wings. If bothered, they may rise in what appears to be a cloud of dust.

 

Whiteflies, in both the nymph and adult stages, feed on plants by sucking juices from the plant tissue. As a result, an infected plant may not appear to be fully developed.

 

 

 

 

Symptoms of Whitefly Damage

Whiteflies, in both the nymph and adult stages, feed on plants by sucking juices from the plant tissue. As a result, an infected plant may not appear to be fully developed.

 

Another symptom is honeydew, a sticky material, that is secreted on the plant leaves by the whiteflies.

 

 

 

 

Results of Whitefly Infestation

Plants may become weakened from the feeding of whiteflies.  They may become so weakened that they may become more susceptible to disease or they may even die.

 

The honeydew whiteflies secrete can attract black fungus and sooty mold.

 

Viral diseases can be transported by whiteflies, resulting in severe damage or death to the plant.

 

 

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