Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Aleurothrixus floccosus

Aleurothrixus floccosus (Maskell, 1895)

woolly whitefly


Aleurothrixus floccosus: puparia

© Florida Division of Plant Industry, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, puparia

Aleurothrixus floccosus: puparia on Citrus reticulata

Citrus reticulata, puparia (from Malumphy, Radonjić, Hrnčić & Raičević)


Puparia whitish or dark, oval, 1 mm long, with many white, curly wax threads. The puparium is surrounded by a well-delimited marginal area. In groups at the undersides of the leaves. Eggs deposited on the lead in a circle.

host plants

Azadirachta indica; Passiflora edulis; Citrus aurantium, limon, maxima, nobilis, reticulata, sinensis; Coccoloba uvifera; Codiaeum variegatum; Mangifera indica; Melia azedarach; Passiflora edulis; Psidium guajava; Punica granatum.

In continental Europe only in citrus cultivation (and there a serious pest). Elsewhere in the world polyphagous, although with a strong preference for Citrus.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Anagnou–Veroniki, Papaioannou–Souliotis, Karanastasi & Giannopolitis (2008a), Hellrigl (2004a), Hernández-Suárez, Martin, Gill ao (2012a), Katsoyannos (1991a), Kozár & Bink-Moenen (1988a), Malumphy (2010a), Malumphy & Badmin (2012a), Malumphy & Mifsud (2012a), Malumphy, Radonjić, Hrnčić & Raičević (2015a), Martin, Mifsud & Rapisarda (2000a), Mifsud (1995a), Šimala, Masten Milek & Korić (2009a), Šimala, Masten Milek & Pintar (2015b), Tsagkarakis, Ben-Dov & Papadoulis (2016a).

Last modified 21.i.2024