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, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp 115–126 | Cite as

The natural enemies of Bemisia argentifolii in Martinique

  • P. Ryckewaert
  • C. Alauzet
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Abstract

An eight year survey wasconducted in Martinique on vegetable crops andweeds to develop a list of the natural enemiesof the whitefly Bemisia argentifoliiBellows and Perring. More than fifteen speciesof predators and parasitoids were found as wellas one entomopathogenic fungus (Paecilomyces sp.). The primary predators wereladybirds (Delphastus pusillus and D. pallidus) and bugs (Nesidiocoris tenuis, Macrolophus cf. caliginosus, Orius insidiosus). The mostcommon parasitoids were Eretmocerustejanus, Encarsia luteola, E. nigricephala, E. transvena and Amitus bennetti. Observations on the biologyand distribution of these natural enemies are provided.

Aleyrodidae entomopathogen parasitoids predators West Indies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Ryckewaert
    • 1
  • C. Alauzet
    • 2
  1. 1.Station de Ligne ParadisCIRAD-FLHORSaint Pierre, Réunion IslandFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Neurobiologie et de ComportementUniversité Paul SabatierToulouseFrance

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