Bamboo (Bambusa and others)-Aphid

Takecallis arundinariae

Pest description and damage The bamboo aphid is yellow with black markings. Aphids tend to be small (.0625 to 0.125 inch long), oval to pear-shaped, soft-bodied insects with piercing-sucking mouthparts. They feed in colonies and are often found on the most succulent plant tissues. Feeding damage to bamboo is usually minor, but can compromise the vigor of the plant, and may result in some leaf and shoot distortion if aphid populations are high. Aphids produce honeydew, a sweet, sticky secretion that collects on plant tissues and encourages growth of a black sooty mold.

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