Dock Aphid - Aphis rumicis

    Description

    The wingless form has a length of 2 to 2.7 mm and is black to very dark greenish-brown. The winged form is also mainly black in colour.

    Similar Species

    It is similar to another Dock feeder Aphis fabae but that species does not cause the leaf edges of Dock to curl.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Feeds mainly on Dock causing the leaves to roll or crumple before later in the year moving up stems and into the inflorescences.

    When to see it

    Summer and autumn.

    UK Status

    Distribution and status in Britain are difficult to gauge as the species is poorly recorded.

    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