Pest description and damage Aphids appear in large numbers on Daphne laureola in spring and seem to disappear by June. Aphids feed in colonies and are often found on the new or most succulent plant tissues. Feeding damage is usually minor, but can compromise the vigor of the host. When aphid populations are high, leaf and shoot distortion can occur. Aphids produce honeydew, a sweet, sticky secretion that collects on underlying plant tissues and encourages growth of a black sooty mold. In addition to cosmetics, honeydew may become a sticky nuisance.
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