(Hemiptera: Aleyrodoidea)

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Whiteflies belong to the superfamily Aleyrodoidea. These are minute insects that might be confused with moths. Their wings are covered with white waxy powder. The immature stages are sessile and scale-like and are sometimes covered with woolly fibres. Many species cause severe damage of agricultural crops like citrus. Infestations of Acacia mangium and Tectona grandis with whiteflies were recorded in PNG but are of minor economic significance.

immature and adult whiteflies on Acacia mangium

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Michael F. Schneider, 1999