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White fly


(Bemisia tabasi)
White fly

Adult : 1-1.5mm long yellowish body, covered with white, waxy powder, and two pairs of white wings, with hind wings long and prominent.

Life Cycle

Eggs (up to 120) sub-eliptical, light yellow in colour, laid singly on the undersurface of leaves. Nymphs hatch after 3-7 days and go through 4 instars. Pupal stage lasts for 2-8 days, with total life cycle from egg to adult taking 14-120 days.


A polyphagous pest, feeding on cotton, tomato, sweet potato, cabbage, cauliflower, melon, brinjal, okra and many other cultivated plants.