Brachycaudus helichrysi

Alternative names
Leaf-curling Plum Aphid

Brachycaudus helichrysi aphids cause galls on various Prunus species (primary host) causing the leaves to become rolled up tightly in spring. Aphids 2 mm, greenish, yellowish or brownish, somewhat waxy; siphunculi very short; antennae shorter than the body with a darkened tip. The secondary hosts are usually Asteraceae and Boraginaceae.

Identification difficulty

Adult Gall

Recording advice

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Galls may most easily be seen on various Prunus species.

When to see it

Galls may be seen when the host species are in leaf.

UK Status

True status in Britain is difficult to determine due to lack of records.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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