Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Aleurocanthus spiniferus

Aleurocanthus spiniferus (Quaintance, 1903)

orange spiny whitefly


Aleurocanthus spiniferus: puparia

puparia (from Radonjić ao).

Aleurocanthus spiniferus on Rosa

infected Rosa leaves (from Hrnčić ao)


Puaparia, ± 1 mm, at the undersides of the older leaves, are shining black, dorsally bearing 30 long spines, surrounded by a fringe of white wax.

host plants

Ceratonia siliqua; Citrus aurantium, limon; Cydonia; Fatsia; Ficus carica; Hedera helix; Laurus nobilis; Malus; Malva; Morus alba; Parthenocissus quinquefolia, tricuspidata; Prunus armeniaca; Punica granatum; Pyracantha coccinea; Pyrus; Rosa; Vitis vinifera; Wisteria sinensis.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


The first observation of this exotic species was in Italy in 2008. The extremely polyphagous species forms a threat especially in citrus cultivation.


Cioffi, Cornara, Corrado ao (2013a), El Kenawy, El-Heneidy, Cornara ao (2016a), Hrnčić, Radonjić & Perović (2017a), Jansen (2011a), Radonjić, Hrnčić & Malumphy (2014a), Šimala, Masten Milek & Pintar (2015a).

Last modified 27.xi.2020