Gumbo Limbo Spiraling Whitefly Renamed

The common name for the gumbo limbo spiraling whitefly has been changed to the rugose spiraling whitefly.  This has been officially approved by the Entomological Society of America, but will be on their website for comment for 30 days.

First discovered in 2009 in Miami-Dade County, the new whitefly is easily distinguishable by its large size and the distinct spiral pattern in which it lays its eggs.  It has a rather broad range of host plants, such as Gumbo Limbo, Mango, Coconut Palm, Live Oak, and Wax Myrtle, among others.

Rugose Spiraling Whitefly- previously Gumbo Limbo Spiraling Whitefly. UF Laura Sanagorski

Positive identification of the insect paired with symptoms such as presence of sooty mold, general plant decline, defoliation, and dieback may indicate an infestation.  Much research remains to be conducted on this new pest; current management options are similar to treatment of other whitefly species in the landscape.  Horticultural oils and insecticidal soaps can be used if the pest problem is small or detected early.  Insectides in the Neonicotinoid or Pyrethroid families are effective for large-scale applications and severe infestations.  Further information is available:


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  1. […] going to feed and reproduce on that tree.  Unfortunately, we were wrong: the Spiraling Whitefly (now renamed Rugose) has a broad list of hosts, which seems to grow by the day.  The preferred hosts are Gumbo Limbo, […]


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