Plocamaphis flocculosa

    Alt Name
    Grey Willow Aphid
    Large Waxy Willow Aphid
    Description

    These are large grey aphids 3.1 - 5.0 mm in length. The head and legs are dark and there are two rows of dark spots running down the back. The insect is almost completely covered in whitish wax secretions. The siphunculi are bright orange.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    They feed on the branches and trunks of Salix species (S. caprea, S. cinerea, S. nigricans and S. repens).

    When to see it

    Autumn.

    Life History

    This species often forms mixed colonies with the larger Giant Willow Aphid (Tuberolachnus salignus) so if you find one it is always worth checking for the other.

    UK Status

    Difficult to assess as there are very few records.

    VC55 Status

    The record of 3.xi.2018 is the first for Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map