Mealy Cabbage Aphid - Brevicoryne brassicae

    Description

    Brevicoryne brassicae apterae are green and wax-powdered. The head, tips of the antennae and the legs are dark. The body length of apterae is 1.9 to 2.7 mm.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Spends its entire life cycle on Brassicas such as Cabbage and Oil-seed Rape.

    When to see it

    Most readily seen in summer on Brassica crops such as Oil-seed Rape.

    Life History

    In cold climates it overwinters as eggs, but where winters are mild Brevicoryne brassicae overwinters parthenogenetically.

    UK Status

    Probably fairly frequent in Britain although there are very few records on NBN for the species.

    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