Interception of ficus whitefly [Singhiella simplex (Singh, 1931)] in Croatia.
The ficus whitefly [Singhiella simplex (Singh, 1931)] (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) is one of the most important pests of various ornamental Ficus species worldwide. Edible fig (Ficus carica L.) is not considered to be susceptible. It is an alien species originating from Asia. In Europe, the pest was first recorded in Cyprus in 2014, resulting in its addition to the EPPO Alert list in the same year. It was removed from the list in 2018. This pest can seriously damage host plants by sucking of nutrients from the leaves, subsequently causing wilting, yellowing, leaf drop or even plant's death. In the Mediterranean countries, it causes a serious damage on ficus trees grown for ornamental purposes in urban public greeneries, planted along roads, in parks and gardens. S. simplex was intercepted in Croatia in 2019 on potted plants of Ficus benjamina L. and Ficus microcarpa L.f. originating from the Netherlands.