Vetch Aphid - Megoura viciae

    Description

    Aphids can rarely be described as handsome creatures, but Megoura viciae is perhaps as close as it gets! A large shiny green globular bodied aphid with black head, legs and antennae.  It also has startling red eyes.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Where vetches or pea plants are present.

    When to see it

    Most often noticed in summer clustering on the stems of the host plants.

    Life History

    The vetch aphid does not host alternate, but spends it entire life cycle on leguminous plants, especially vetch, peas and broad beans. Eggs are laid at the base of vetch or pea plants and hatch in spring. Populations build up and after three generations winged forms are produced which disperse to other plants. Megoura viciae generally move to the seed pods in autumn.

    UK Status

    Poorly recorded in Britain but probably fairly frequent and widespread.

    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