Aphids (General)

Aphidoidea

Aphids on a pea plant
Aphids on a pea plant
Aphids on a pea plant
Aphids
Aphids
Aphids
Aphids on chives
Aphids on chives
Aphids on chives
Aphids on lettuce
Aphids on lettuce
Aphids on lettuce
Cast skins of aphids stuck with honeydew produced by the aphids
Cast skins of aphids stuck with honeydew produced by the aphids
Cast skins of aphids stuck with honeydew produced by the aphids
Aphids
Aphids
Aphids
Aphid damage on a gooseberry bush
Aphid damage on a gooseberry bush
Aphid damage on a gooseberry bush
Aphids on a gooseberry bush
Aphids on a gooseberry bush
Aphids on a gooseberry bush
Aphid on a gooseberry bush
Aphid on a gooseberry bush
Aphid on a gooseberry bush


Host Plants:

In the wild: Wild plants, shrubs, hedges and trees
In the garden: Ornamental trees and shrubs, including roses.
On Crops: Most vegetable fruit and ornamental plants.

Where Found:

Worldwide

Description:

Small, soft-bodied pear-shaped insects less than three millimeters long are usually aphids. Depending on species and plant, aphids may be beige, green, yellow or almost black. They tend to congregate in groups on new growth or in leaf crevices. See also black bean aphids and cabbage aphids.

Damage:

There are many symptoms of aphid damage, including decreased growth rates, mottled leaves, yellowing, stunted growth, curled leaves, browning, wilting, low yields and, eventually, death. Along with the loss of plant juices from direct feeding, aphids can spread diseases.

Preventing Problems:

Check plants often for early outbreaks. Clip off and compost stems holding aphid clusters. Encourage beneficial insects including lady beetles, syrphid flies, and lacewings, which are important aphid predators.

Managing Outbreaks:

In small outbreaks, a high pressure spray from the garden hose can help remove aphids from plants. Follow up with two applications of insecticidal soap, one week apart. Be sure to apply the soap spray to leaf undersides and crevices.

Tips:

Lady beetles and their larvae are great beneficial insects to welcome into your garden. Ants tend to be attracted to the honeydew left by aphids, so ant activity can often lead you to aphid colonies.

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