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Silverleaf Whitefly

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Silverleaf Whitefly
Silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia argentifolii, one-sixteenth-inch long - Scott Bauer; USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Scientific Name: 
Bemisia tabaci Gennadius biotype B (CABI)
Bemisia argentifolii Bellows & Perring (CABI)
Common Name: 
Silverleaf whitefly (SLWF), sweet potato whitefly biotype B
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)

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

USDA. APHIS. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey. National Agricultural Pest Information System.


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.


Google. YouTube; University of Georgia. 

Selected Resources

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European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.
International Government
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (United Kingdom).
See also: Pest and Disease Factsheets for more fact sheets.
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia).
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Australia). 

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. PestNet.

State and Local Government

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.

See also: Plant Industry Pest Alerts for more pests.


University of California. Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program.

University of Hawaii. Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. Integrated Pest Management Program.
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY129

University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.


Insecticide Resistance Action Committee.