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