Aleuroclava jasmini

Aleuroclava jasmini (Takahashi)

Taxonomic placing: Insecta Hemimetabola, Hemiptera, Aleyrodidae.

Common name: Jasmine whitefly.

Geographical distribution: North and South America, Croatia, Ghana, Asia, Guam, Middle East.

Host plants: Polyphagous, recorded from about 20 plant species.

Morphology: Puparium flattened, with marginal crenulations, length about 0.9 mm or less, pale to black and variously patterned and the operculum entirely covers the orifice.

Life cycle: The insect preferred mandarin trees over orange, lemon and bergamot trees for feeding, egg laying and development of the immature stages.

Economic importance: A minor pest of citrus and some ornamentals, sometimes reducing gross production. Infested citrus leaves may yellow and drop, and the excreted honeydew is colonized by sootymold fungi.


Chemical control: The chloroform-like pesticide chlorofert killed most of the pest’s population in laboratory studies. Insect growth regulators (IGRs) were successfully used in the field in Egypt.

Biological control: Several species of the genus Encarsia (Aphelinidae) were reared from A. jasmini in different parts of the world. The predator Clitostethus arcuatus Rossi (Coccinellidae) controls the pest in Syria. Entopathogenic fungi were assayed against the jasmine whitefly in Iraq.


Alrubeai, H.F., Klawi, S.O., Hammad, J.B. and Khader,M.W. 2008. Field evaluation of the entomopathogenic fungi, Beauveria bassiana and Verticillium lecanii against jasmine whitefly, Aleuroclava jasmine on citrus. IOBC/wprs Bulletin 38: 215.

Al-Seria, M.H. Testing the chlorofert 48% EC in controlling the white fly Aleuroclava jasmine Takahashi (Homoptera: Aleurodidae) under labotratory and field conditions. Iraqi Journal of Science.

Amin, A.H., Emam, A.K. and Helmi, A. 1997, A new record on a whitefly species of the genus Aleurotuberculatus (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) on citrus trees in Egypt. Mededelingen Faculteit Landbouwkundige en Toegepaste Biologische Wetenschappen Universiteit Gent 62 (2a): 349-354.

Hama, N.N., Abdel-Razak, A.S., Afy, A.A., Mohamed L.A., and Abed. N.S. 2006. Ecology and predation efficacy of local predator Clitostethus arcuatus Rossi to control citrus whitefly Aleuroclava jasmine (Takahashi) on citrus in Iraq. Ninth Arab Congress of Plant Protection, p 208.

Khalaf, M.Z., Hamd, B.Sh. Hassan, B.H., Salman A.H., Naher, F.H. and Obaid,, R.H.. 2010. Host preference of jasmine whitefly Aleuroclava jasmimi (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) on citrus in south Baghdad orchards. _Agriculture and Biology journal of North America 1: 649-653

Malumphy, C. and Anderson, H. 2011. Rapid Assessment of the need for a detailed pest risk analysis for Aleuroclava jasmine Takahashi. Food and Environment Research Agency, 2011.

Sundararaj, R. 1999. Redescription and a new host record for Aleuroclava jasmine (Takahashi) from India Indian Journal of Entomology 61: 192-194.

Taha, H.A., Adel, L. and Hassan, M.S. 2003. Efficacy of some insect growth regulators (IGR) against citrus whitefly Aleuroclava jamini. Proceedings Eighth Arab Congress of Plant Protection.

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