Some observations on the sap-sucking insect Poecilloptera phalaenoides (L) Homoptera: Flatidae

G.A. Laurence


Beginning in 1969. and during the two-year 1971 there has been a somewhat protracted outbreak on ornamental trees in Trinidad of u large, white, moth-like. sap-sucking insects, Poecilloptera phalaenoides ( L). The nymphs and egg-rows of the insect are covered with a white, flocculent substance which, together with the long lines of adults that remain suspended underneath the twigs, give the heavily infested trees a quite spectacular frosty appearance. I have heard the picturesque term. "moth-blight" used to describe infestations of this insect. Observations of its life history are presented below.

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