Overview

Comprehensive Description

General Description

Body is yellowish brown. The head is quadrate, and the surface has prominent rounded reticles. Eyes bulge forward. Antennae are pale yellow, though segments 6 and 7 are brown and segment 5 has a hint of brown in the apical third. Forked or simple sense cones are on antennal segments 3 and 4. Forewings are broad, and are white with a dark brown cross band at the fork of the principle wing vein. Forewing appears to be made of a polygonal network of cells (Wilson, 1975).  
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Distribution

Believed to have originated in Africa (Wilson, 1975), this insect is pantropical, but is found only in greenhouses, houses or malls in Alberta (Heming).
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Ecology

Habitat

Occurs only in greenhouses, houses and shopping malls in Alberta (Heming).
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Trophic Strategy

This species feeds on the leaves of numerous greenhouse plants, including; Ficus elastica, N�anthes palm, Lilies, and other monocots (Chiasson, 1986).
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Life History and Behavior

Cyclicity

Undocumented.
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Life Cycle

All life stages are spent on the host plant . This species will reproduce parthenogenetically. 
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Conservation

Conservation Status

This insect is considered to be a minor pest of greenhouse plants (Heming).
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