Damson-hop aphid - Phorodon humuli

    Description

    Phorodon humuli apterae are small to medium sized, whitish to pale yellowish green and relatively shiny. The abdomen is marked with three dark green longitudinal stripes.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    The damson-hop Aphid host alternates from blackthorn or plum species (Prunaceae) to hops (Cannabinaceae).

    When to see it

    Spring to autumn.

    Life History

    Migration of winged forms to hops takes place from late spring. There is a return migration to the winter hosts in September where sexual forms are produced and eggs laid.

    VC55 Status

    It is difficult to assess the status in Britain due to lack of records relating to this species.

    Further Information

    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