iris fly? possible identification.
Thu, 11 Jun 2009 21:46:11 PDT
Whiteflies do pupate.  During that stage of their life, they look very 
similar to a scale insect in that they are attached to the leaf 
surface.  That said, they are often translucent or nearly so.

But, as has been said, Jan's critters are true flies of the order 

Then, too, the pupae of moths (order Lepidoptera) are quite different 
than flies.

Jean in Portland, OR

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From: Adam Fikso <>

To: Pacific Bulb Society <>

Sent: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 7:16 pm

Subject: Re: [pbs] iris fly?  possible identification.

If whitefly does not pupate--how come there is a title:  Whitefly Pupae 

the World-- noting 31 genera?  I suspect that the term "whitefly"  is 
one of

those all-embracing common names that taxes taxonomists.

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To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>

Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 8:01 PM

Subject: Re: [pbs] iris fly? possible identification.

> What you have is a leaf miner, either a moth or a fly. I coudn't tell 

> from your picture. White flies do not pupate (incomplete 

> and are in the family Homoptera, which includes scale insects and 

> bugs. You can cure the latter, leafminers are unreachable.

> ---- wrote:

>> On Wed, 10 Jun 2009 12:59:39 -0500, you wrote:


>> >

>> >Dear Janos.  The pupa in the size and description you offer fits the

>> >description of whitefly (Aleyrodes spiraedides)


>> Whiteflies are not flies(Diptera) but Hemiptera and are suckers not

>> borers.

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