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Bandedwinged whiteflies are polyphagous feeders. If they are not controlled, infestation of this type of plant-sucking whitefly can be destructive to floriculture crops. The adults are distinguished by having two visible zigzag bands on their wings. They reproduce by the females laying eggs on the underside of the plant leaf. These eggs turn from a pale yellow to a light pink color right before they hatch. Temperature is a factor in the timing of the eggs hatching.

Photo Courtesy of: Ronald Smith Auburn University http://www.forestryimages.org/browse/detail.cfm?imgnum=1857007

 

http://www.entomology.umn.edu/cues/inter/inmine/Whitefd.html