Waxy Willowherb Aphid - Aphis epilobiaria

Description

The adult aptera of Aphis epilobiaria is a reddish-brown to blackish-brown or blackish green, but the colour is mostly masked by a striking pattern of dense pleural wax bands. These converge on the thorax and posterior tergites to occupy most of the width of the dorsum, leaving a spindle-shaped area of the mid-dorsum without wax. The body length of apterae is 2.2-2.7 mm.

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Habitat

It feeds on the shoot and flowers of Great Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum) and other Epilobium species. It is not usually ant attended.

When to see it

Summer to autumn.

Life History

The Waxy Willowherb Aphid does not host alternate. Sexual forms occur in autumn. 

UK Status

Status in Britain is difficult to determine due to lack of records.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map