Species Factsheet

Bemisia tabaci


Complete name: Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius, 1889)
Taxonomy: Insecta » Arthropoda » Insecta » hemiptera » aleyrodidae » Bemisia tabaci
Authors: Alain Roques
Last updated: December 12th , 2006

Common Names

Cotton whitefly, sweet potato whitefly, tobacco whitefly, cassava whitefly, silver leaf whitefly.


Bemisia tabaci

Short Description

Small, about 1 mm long, sap-sucking insect with two pairs of white wings (whitefly) with a white to light yellow body, covered with waxy powdery material. Larvae (nymphs) are also sap-sucking, feeding on a very wide range of plants (> 900 spp.). This taxon corresponds to a species complex with 19 identified biotypes and 2 described cryptic species.