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Family Aleyrodidae - Whiteflies

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Sternorrhyncha (Plant-parasitic Hemipterans)
Superfamily Aleyrodoidea
Family Aleyrodidae (Whiteflies)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
overview in(1)
~1,600 spp. in ~160 genera total(2)(3)
Usually <3 mm
Adults are winged and covered with white dust or waxy powder. Identification to genus or species usually requires close examination of so-called pupa (inactive last nymphal stage).
Keys in(3)(4) (based on pupae)
Feed on leaves
Has a symbiotic relationship with Portiera aleyrodidarum, proteobacteria, that assist in providing the insect with sufficient amino acids.(5)
Life Cycle
First instar nymphs are active, subsequent instars are sessile and look like scales.
The final larval stages feed for a short time then have an extended non-feeding period during which the pharate adult develops.