Nettle Aphid - Microlophium carnosum

Description

A very variable species with winged and unwinged forms that may be various colours, often green or pink.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

On Common Nettle.

When to see it

Spring and summer.

Life History

The winged females are able to reproduce by parthenogenesis (asexually), giving birth to pregnant offspring. This phenomenon is known as telescoping generations. The generation of young produced by winged adults are able to reproduce sexually.

UK Status

Common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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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