Callipterinella tuberculata

Alternative names
Red-banded Birch Aphid
Description

Callipterinella tuberculata apterae are usually yellowish with a brown head, a reddish-brown dorsal band over the front of the abdomen and a dark quadratic patch on abdominal tergites 4-6. However, the dark markings are very variable. The body length of C. tuberculata apterae is 2.3 to 2.5 mm.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Good photographs required.  Please also state the host species.

Habitat

Found in colonies on young growth and scattered on older leaves of Silver Birch (Betula pendula).

When to see it

Apterous males and oviparae are found in September.

Life History

Callipterinella tuberculata spends its entire life cycle on Betula pendula and related species. It lays its eggs at the base of developing buds in autumn.

UK Status

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

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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