Black Willow Bark Aphid - Pterocomma salicis

    Description

    These are large greenish black to black aphids 3.2 - 4.5 mm in length with pale grey spots of waxy powder. The siphunculi are bright orange. The legs and antennae are pinkish-brown.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    They feed on the two year old twigs of willows (Salix species).

    Life History

    This species is often attended by ants.

    UK Status

    Difficult to assess as there are very few records.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map