Small Willow Aphid - Aphis farinosa

    Description

    Aphis farinosa apterae are quite small and are green mottled with yellow-orange. The siphunculi are pale with a slightly dusky tip and the cauda is distinctly darker. The body length of Aphis farinosa apterae is 1.6 to 2.5 mm. Their oviparae are dull green and the young nymphs and the apterous males are reddish orange. The alates are dark green, and their siphunculi are more or less dusky.

    Habitat

    On Willows (Salix spp.) especially Goat Willow (Salix caprea).

    When to see it

    Spring and summer. They have a sexual stage in the life cycle with oviparae and males appearing from July onwards, although occasionally populations of viviparae persist until August or September.

    Life History

    Aphis farinosa do not host alternate and are attended by ants.

    UK Status

    Status in Britain not known.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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