The Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, is a sap-sucking, hemipteran bug in the family, Psyllidae. It is an important pest of citrus being one of only two known vectors of the serious citrus disease, Huanglongbing or greening disease. It is widely distributed in southern Asia, where it originated, and has spread to other citrus growing region in parts of the Middle East, South and Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. In the United States, this psyllid was first detected in Florida in 1998 and is now also found in Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, and California. The adult psyllid is about four millimetres long with a fawn and brown mottled body and a light brown head. It is covered with a whitish, waxy secretion which makes it look dusty. The forewings are broadest at the back and have a dark edging around the edge with a pale gap near the top. The antennae are pale brown with black tips. It typically adopts a head down, tail up posture as it sucks sap.
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- Diaphorina citri. (2012, December 5). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:48, December 6, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Diaphorina_citri&oldid=526552422
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