iris fly? possible identification.

Adam Fikso
Thu, 11 Jun 2009 19:16:24 PDT
If whitefly does not pupate--how come there is a title:  Whitefly Pupae of 
the World-- noting 31 genera?  I suspect that the term "whitefly"  is one of 
those all-embracing common names that taxes taxonomists.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <>
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 more 
> from your picture. White flies do not pupate (incomplete metamorphosis) 
> and are in the family Homoptera, which includes scale insects and mealy 
> 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.
>> --  

More information about the pbs mailing list