Rose Aphid - Macrosiphum rosae


The wingless aphids are medium-sized to rather large, broadly spindle-shaped, shiny, and pale to dark green or deep pink to red-brown or magenta, with shiny black head. Antennae and legs bicoloured, yellow and black.

They bear live young as opposed to laying eggs.

Identification difficulty

As the name suggests the aphid is to be found on various types of rose (Rosaceae sp) and mainly colonises tender flower buds, young shoots and lower surface of young leaves.

When to see it

Best seen from June to October

Life History

Can be a pest of cultivated roses.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map