A NEW PARASITOID OF THE SPIRALLING WHITE FLY, Aleurodicus dispersus Russell (HEMIPTERA: ALEYRODIDAE) IN SOUTH INDIA

M.V. SRINIVASA, C.A. VIRAKTAMATH, HANDRASHEKAR REDDY

Abstract


The spiralling whitefly, Aleurodicus  rlispersus Russell is an alien insect pest that  entered India probably through Sri Lanka in  1994-95 (Ranjit er aI., 1998). David and Regu  (1995) and Palanisamy er al. (1995) reported  A. dispersus for the first time from Kerala and  Tamil Nadu and Mani and Krishnamurthy (1996)  from Karnataka. Since then the insect has  dispersed widely in southern India and  Maharashtra. Alcurorlicus dispersus has a wide  host range and at the time of its description,  already 53 host plants from 27 families were  known (Russell, 1965). Prathapan (1996)  recorded 70 species of plants as hosts to A.  dispersus from lndia.


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