Singhiella simplex

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Singhiella simplex - puparium (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Patrick Marquez, USDA APHIS PPQ
Source: IPM Images

Singhiella simplex (Singh, 1931) - (fig whitefly)

The fig whitefly is native to southern Asia and has invaded North America (first record in Forida in 2007 and in California in 2012). It spread quickly around North America and was later also recorded from the Mediterranean region (Cyprus in 2014). The whitefly breeds on different species of figs (e.g. Ficus benjamina) and can cause serious damage resulting in defoliation.

Vernacular names
• English: fig whitefly
• Español: mosca blanca de higo