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.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map