Fortuitous Introduction of an Aphelinid Parasitoid of the Spiralling Whitefly,Aleurodicus dispersus Russell (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) into the Lakshadweep Islands with Notes on Host Plants and other Natural Enemies


  • Project Directorate of Biological Control, Bangalore, Karnataka, 560 024, India


The Lakshadweep Islands were surveyed for Aleurodicus dispersus Russell, its host plants and natural enemies during 1999 and 2000. Two aphelinid parasitoids, Encarsia guadeloupae Viggiani (reported for the first time from India) and Encarsia sp. nr. haitiensis Dozier were found in the Minicoy Island in addition to Some predators. Both aphelinids have been introduced serendipitously into our country. Host plants of the whitefly were recorded in Agatti, Kavaratti and Minicoy islands.


Aleurodicus disperslus. Encarsia guadeloupae, Host Plants, Lakshadweep, Natural Enemies, New Record.

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Agriculture Sciences

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