A new pest was reported attacking ficus trees and hedges in Miami, Florida. This pest was identified as the fig whitefly, Singhiella simplex, and is a new US continental record.
Whiteflies are small, winged insects that belong to the Order Hemiptera which also includes aphids, scales, mealybugs and bugs. These insects typically feed on the underside of leaves with their "needle-like" mouthparts. Whiteflies can seriously injure host plants by sucking juices from them, causing wilting, yellowing, stunting, leaf drop, or even death.
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