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Pest Information

Kellogg Whitefly

Kellogg Whitefly

  • Latin Name: Pealius kelloggii
  • Common Name: Kellogg Whitefly
  • Latin Family Name: Aleyrodidae
  • Other Names: N/A

Pest Details

Kellogg Whitefly
Kellogg Whitefly
Kellogg Whitefly

Origin:

Native to North America, and found widely where the host plants occur.

Biology:

Feeds only on members of the genus Prunus, including Chokecherry and Catalina Cherry. Heavy infestations can nearly cover the lower surfaces of the leaves, leading to heavy production of honeydew. Typical whitefly life cycle of eggs laid over the surface of the leaf hatching to the mobile first instar nymph. As this moves to the second instar the legs are lost and the insect becomes sessile, feeding in one place through the next nymph stages and the pupa.

Identification:

Another species of whitefly best identified by its pupa stage, which has an oval, white powdery body surrounded by an ornate fringe of long white wax flanges, which curve strongly up and then downward around the body. The adult insect is tiny, powdery white, and resembles a tiny moth with the wings folded slightly roof-like over the abdomen while at rest.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

Initiating control as soon as a few whiteflies are noticed will increase the chances of success. Contact insecticides often provide very little control due to the repellency of the wax on the insect and the occurrence of resistance to may insecticides. A systemic product that can penetrate the plant’s tissues may be most effective. Horticultural oils also will help by coating the insects and smothering them. Reapplications at 5 to 7 day intervals may be needed, and any sprays should be directed at the lower surface of the leaf and applied thoroughly.

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